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Cuyahoga Falls takes control early in win over Tallmadge boys soccer

Published: October 1, 2016 3:02 PM
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The Tallmadge boys soccer team is in a bit of a funk right now.

The Blue Devils dropped their third straight game after losing to Suburban League crossover rival Cuyahoga Falls 4-1 Oct. 1 at Thomas Rossiaky Stadium.

With the loss, Tallmadge fell to 6-4-2 on the season. The Black Tigers improved to 4-7-2.

Falls stormed out to a 3-0 lead 16 minutes, 11 seconds into the game. The first two goals took place 38 seconds apart.

Senior Zach Lias made it 1-0 a little more than 10 minutes into the contest with a left-footed shot into the lower right corner of the net. Senior Greg McDevitt was credited with the assist.

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In the blink of an eye, the Black Tigers made it 2-0.

This time, senior Diego Mendoza found the net with his left foot off an assist from Lias.

Falls' third goal may have been the most impressive.

From approximately 45 yards away, junior Evan Hodson sent a free kick over the head of Blue Devils' senior goalkeeper Tommy Kilway and into the net.

Tallmadge came to a life a bit in the second half.

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The Blue Devils finally got on the board when a foul was called on Falls in its penalty box.

Senior midfielder Mitch Makuch took the penalty kick and his shot found the net to cut Tallmadge's deficit to 3-1 with 29:08 left.

The Blue Devils had some chances to close the gap, but the Black Tigers' defense was able to stop Tallmadge's passes to the middle of the field throughout the afternoon.

Falls put it away with 6:37 remaining.

A hand ball was called on the Blue Devils and senior Ryan Kerby converted the penalty kick for the final goal.

The Black Tigers had a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal and a 3-0 edge in corner kicks. Falls' senior goalie Tanner Treptow made four saves in the nets.

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