TWINSBURG: The score and clock were not in Brunswick’s favor Wednesday night against the highly touted Twinsburg girls soccer team.
The host Tigers held a goal advantage and the clock was nearly expired when Blue Devils junior Macey Juguilon sent a corner kick into a huddle of players from both sides.
Juguilon’s kick found junior teammate Gabby Maslowski, who put the ball into the net for a goal to tie the score at 1-1 with 1:39 remaining.
Maslowski’s goal coupled with a first-half goal by Tigers sophomore Brianna Sanborn meant the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division match ended in a draw for Brunswick (6-1-3, 1-0-0) and Twinsburg (8-0-1, 0-0-1).
“It feels pretty good to get this tie, especially since they are second in the state [in Division I],” Maslowski said. “I thought we were going to lose for a second. We wanted the win, but getting the tie is so much better than a loss.”
Sanborn scored her goal with 15:30 to go in the first half off a pass from sophomore Rachael Stahlman. Both girls entered the match as reserves.
“Rachael and I have been playing with each other since we were really young. We are the same age and we are on the same premier team. It feels great to connect for the goal because I always know where she is going and she always knows where I am going.”
Twinsburg finished with a narrow edge in shots on goal (9-8) and corner kicks (5-4).
“We had subs standing at midfield for eight and a half minutes, but the ball wasn’t going out,” Tigers coach Chris Gentile said. “I think that would have made a difference to get fresh legs in to defend those couple of corner kicks in the end.
“I give Brunswick a lot of credit. Those last five to 10 minutes, they really put a lot of pressure on us. [Tigers junior goalkeeper] Lexi Cooke made two really great saves toward the end of that game and their keeper [junior Erin Calhoun] made a really great save.”
Twinsburg’s starting lineup featured five seniors and Brunswick’s had none.
The five senior starters for Twinsburg were: Nicki Krejci, Halle Detweiler, Genevieve Askins, Leah Bonsignore and Katie O’Donnell. Juniors Hunter Coghlin, Suzie D’Isidoro, Cooke and Jaime Sanborn also started for the Tigers with sophomores Kaylin Szydlowski and Maria DeFranco.
Brianna Sanborn sees the tie as an important moment for the Tigers.
“To be a good winner, you have to be a good loser,” Sanborn said. “I think this is an opportunity that we lost that is actually, in hindsight, a good thing. If we want to make it far in the playoffs, which we obviously do, we are going to need to know the experience of having a loss. We need to know that we don’t want to feel like this again.”
Brunswick coach Scott Ward started nine juniors: Maslowski, Juguilon, Calhoun, Marissa Fabrizi, Miranda Alzarraq, Geena Gamble, Brooke Kenney, Sam Malleo and Nikki Shotzbarger. Sophomore Hayley Anderson and freshman Heather Craska also started for the Blue Devils.
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