Cuyahoga Falls coach Eric Ortopan's famous optimism took a hit Sept. 6.

Seeing his team give up eight goals will do that.

"That's the most goals one of my teams have given up in a game since I've been a Falls," Ortopan said. "It was very upsetting."

Following a 1-1 draw with Akron Firestone Sept. 3 at Laybourne Field, Falls found itself on the wrong end of 8-2 loss at Wadsworth Sept. 6.

Wadsworth improved to 5-0, 2-0 in the Suburban League National Conference, while Falls dropped to 2-3-1, 0-2 in the National Conference.

"It was really rough," Ortopan said. "We just got outplayed by a better team."

The statistics tell the story, as Falls was outshot 21-5 in the game and Wadsworth has a 9-0 edge in corner kicks.

While acknowledging Wadsworth was "dangerous," Ortopan said the Black Tigers played a big part in their own downfall.

"There were goaltending and defensive errors," Ortopan said. "There were errors all over the place. We're working at playing at the pace of the league we see. When you don't play at pace, a good team is going to do that to you.

"Possession-wise, it was 60-40 Wadsworth," he added. "There were a lot of one vs. one situations. Our defending did not show up that night.

"Everybody on the team has blood on their hands. We own it together."

Wadsworth ran a 3-5-2 formation and the offense rolled over the Black Tigers.

Wadsworth got hat tricks from freshman David Chirumbole and senior Mattis Lassuer -- an exchange student from Germany -- in the win. Matthew Studenic and Ben Arnold each scored once for the Grizzlies.

Drew Kull scored for Falls in the first half, while Zach Lias scored the final goal of the game.

Falls goaltender Tanner Treptow was credited with 12 saves but had a rough night as well.

A former assistant coach at Wadsworth, Ortopan said his team ran into a buzzsaw.

"[Wadsworth coach] Jon [Johnson] always has a good program," Ortopan said. "This is one of the strongest teams he's had in the past eight years. Nothing is acceptable for eight goals, though."

In the game against Firestone, Ortopan said Treptow played "the game of his life," including saving a penalty kick in the first half.

Firestone finished with a 14-2 edge in shots on goal, as Treptow recorded 13 saves.

"Firestone came at us," Ortopan said. "They really took it to us in the first half. We dominated the second half."

Down 1-0 at halftime, Lias got the tying goal for Falls midway through the second half.

Ortopan admitted his team is probably in the toughest part of its schedule. The Black Tigers were set host to Brunswick, but results were not available at press time.

Up next for Falls is a visit from Hudson Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

"We have a storm ahead of us," Ortopan said. "We are training to make sure that what happened last night doesn't happen again."


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