STOW: Cuyahoga Falls teachers will have to excuse junior Maddie Ziccardi if she is a little tired at school today.
Ziccardi, the goalkeeper for the Black Tigers, was quite active Wednesday night in a 0-0 draw with host Stow in a Northeast Ohio Conference River Division girls soccer match.
Ziccardi made eight saves and left the pitch with a smile on her face and hugs from her teammates, despite battling a nasty cold.
“I’m going to be in bed for most of [today],” Ziccardi said. “I think we just shut them down defensively.”
Stow (4-1-2) held a 28-2 advantage in shots, 8-1 in shots on goal and 6-0 in corner kicks.
Ziccardi acknowledged it was the craziest game she has played in while at Falls (4-4-1).
“I just think someone was on our side tonight,” Falls coach Kendall Haidet said. “Maddie played one of her best games I have ever seen her play. She made some great saves.”
Ziccardi said she will attempt to go to school this morning after sleeping well Wednesday night.
Stow coach Chris Tipton was pleased with his team’s ability to possess the ball, but not happy that the Bulldogs did not generate a goal.
“That is the worst display of finishing I have seen in my eight years as head coach,” Tipton said. “It’s disheartening. We had so many chances, so many golden opportunities. One [goal] would have made the difference. One [goal] would have won the game.
“We had probably about 95 percent of the possession, which was good to see, but in the final attacking third we were not good.”
The elusive goal never came for Stow, despite several opportunities.
Bulldogs sophomore forward Sadie Norton had a shot hit off the right post in the first half and senior midfielder Abbie Lawson had a shot hit off the cross bar in the second half.
Stow freshman goalkeeper Ally Green made one save.
Haidet was also pleased with the play of junior Emily Gall and starting defenders senior Jackie Kerby, sophomore Karleigh Zeiszler, junior Savannah Selden and freshman Katie Lukosavich who helped to keep the Bulldogs at bay.
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