LADY TIGERS END CONFERENCE PLAY ON A HIGH NOTE AGAINST THE LADY SPARTANS
The Howland Lady Tigers travelled to Boardman for their final conference match of the season.
The Junior Varsity team only played the first half as Boardman was not able to continue. The Howland girls enjoyed more possession and shots on goal with Kalliopi Liakaris netting the first goal for the Lady Tigers and freshman Imogen DeBlois added a second with a nice finish on a break away calmly slotting it past the keeper’s right. Isabella Moosally recorded her tenth shutout as the game would end in a 2-0 win, bringing the junior varsity record to 9-2-1.
In the varsity match, the Lady Spartans jumped on the Tigers in the first few minutes but the Lady Tigers held their own and settled in. Boardman was fresh off a 2-0 win against Ursuline and were looking for another on their home field. The Howland girls started to find a rhythm and started putting together some nice passing sequences. They were rewarded as Rylie Andamasaris opened the scoring off a nice assist from Freshman Rachel Perlov. The Spartans came back but were kept at bay with a great save from Goalkeeper Gillian MacMurray low to her right to preserve the 1-0 lead into the half.
In the second half the Tigers went on a roll, scoring four unanswered goals! They started after connecting with seven passes and Junior Alyssa Pompelia finding senior Malina Andamasaris for a nice finish to the far post. Junior Kalliopi Gentis then found sophomore Kalliopi Liakaris who put the ball through the keeper’s legs for the third. Freshman Rachel Perlov capitalized on a miscue from a Spartan defender and scored her third goal of the season. Less than 3 minutes later Senior captain Jenna Gebhardt buried one from the back post off a well taken corner from Junior Ashley Macias to seal the victory by a 5-0 margin. Junior Goalkeeper Gillian MacMurray picked up her ninth shut out of the season with 8 saves on the evening.
The Howland Lady Tigers improve to 8-5-2 overall on the season while ending their conference play with a 6-1-1 record, their best mark since 2012. They take on Kenston on Saturday at home for their last regular season match.