Kent Roosevelt and Stow-Munroe Falls boys soccer each have been dealing with some adversity in the early part of the season.
Many of those issues have to do with youth and inexperience.
There was more adversity heaped on both teams Sept. 10 when they met at the Stow Soccer Stadium, but Stow adapted just a bit better.
The Bulldogs converted a penalty kick in the 56th minute to score a 1-0 win over the Rough Riders.
Stow improved to 2-5 on the season, while Roosevelt dropped to 1-5.
The contest was buffeted by high winds from the south, which made possession a challenge.
Both coaches expressed dismay at the level of officiating in the game.
Stow switched a hybrid 3-5-2 formation, moving freshman Caden Hayward, freshman Miles Thomas and sophomore Nathan Kolke into defense.
The move worked. While Stow goaltender Spencer Raymond-Smith had to cut out some crossing balls and control his area, Roosevelt did not register a shot on goal as Stow earned its first shutout of the season.
Stow finished with a 7-0 edge in shots on goal.
The best chance of the first half came in the 29th minute off a Stow free kick. Junior Aidan Banner put a curling shot into the upper corner of the net, only to be robbed by a brilliant save from Rough Rider keeper Sam Smith.
Smith finished with six saves.
Tied 0-0 at half, the breakthrough came in the 56th minute. Rough Rider captain TJ Harrod was called for fouling a Stow forward in the box from behind and given a yellow card.
Stow senior Hayden Baer, who was playing his first game of the year after returning from concussion symptoms, banked the penalty kick off the right post and in.