For Stow-Munroe Falls boys soccer, effort finally produced results.
For Nordonia, it was another night of frustration.
Stow-Munroe Falls got its first victory of the season Sept. 6, beating Nordonia 3-1 at Bulldog Stadium.
Stow improved to 1-4, 1-1 in the Suburban League National Conference, while Nordonia fell to 1-3, 0-2 in the National Conference.
Stow made some lineup changes, including bringing freshman Caden Hayward in to start at central defense. However, the biggest news for Stow was the return of senior midfielder Frano Katalinic after he missed the first four games.
Nordonia was able to put some early shots on goal, but the night's first score came on a bit of bad luck for the Knights.
In the 12th minute, Stow sent a throw into the box. The ball was headed backwards and deflected off the head of a Nordonia defender and into the net for an own goal in the 12th minute.
Stow's attack was contstant after the first goal and it found the net again five minutes later.
After the Nordonia defense parried a cross and a shot by Stow, the ball fell to Bulldogs freshman Braydon Lazarra at the top of the box. Lazarra smashed a low shot into the net, making it 2-0 in the 17th minute.
Stow had several more chances to score before the half, but couldn't put its shots on net.
Down 2-0 at the half, Nordonia pushed to get back in the game. Their pressure paid off in the 50th minute.
After the ball deflected off the Stow defense, Knight sophomore Shawn Uguccini collected it. Uguccinni lauched a rocket into the top of the net from just outside the box, making it 2-1.
After the Knights' goal, however, it was the Bulldogs who attacked in waves.
Only some wide shots and nice saves by Knight goalie Connor Kamnicki kept Stow at bay. Kamnicki finished with 11 saves on the night.
The Bulldogs got their insurance goal in the 75th minute. Off corner kick, Cam Casenhiser ran onto a backheel pass and slid the ball across the six-yard box. Senior Lendros Tosko popped the ball into the net at the backpost, making it 3-1.
Stow finished with a 13-5 edge in shots on goal and a 9-2 edge in corner kicks. Bulldog goaltender Spencer-Raymond Smith finished with four saves
Stow will host Massillon Jackson Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.