Off to a red-hot start, the Twinsburg girls soccer squad is excelling on offense and defense this season as the schedule promises to get stronger.
Twinsburg opened up play in the Suburban League National Conference and cruised to a 7-2 victory on the road Aug. 29 at Cuyahoga Falls.
It was the first game this season that Twinsburg allowed a goal as the Tigers have three shutouts, but head coach John Garber's club had a big 5-1 lead at the half.
The Lady Tigers stood at 4-0 overall prior to the Saturday non-league battle at Mentor (3-2).
Garber is thrilled with the team's defense, which has produced shutouts over Aurora (a 3-0 win), Solon (3-0), and Austintown Fitch (8-0).
In addition, the Tiger's staff is excited about the team's offense and flow.
"Our forwards have provided a lot of the firepower during the first four matches," explained Garber.
Second Team All-Ohio standout Mckenna Donahue has been incredible in the early season with eight goals, but she has had plenty of help.
Garber also pointed out the active play of All-Suburban league player Alli King (five goals), senior Mia Cervenka (two goals), senior Julia Henderson, senior Bri Gogan and junior Gillian Mckenna.
Twinsburg has outscored its foes 21-2.
The Tigers are ranked third in the GCSSCA Division I girls soccer poll, behind Strongsville and Rocky River Magnificat.
Garber also stressed the strong midfield play from a host of Tiger athletes.
Strong midfield play has come from All-Greater Cleveland, All-Suburban player and co-captain Hannah Pickens (two goals), senior Alyssa Kleinnman, junior Kaela Turle (one goal), senior Hana Hayes, junior Lola Davis (one goal), sophomore Lana Furniss and junior Dayton Gebeau.
Twinsburg hosts North Royalton Sept. 5, Avon Lake Sept. 8, and Brecksville Sept. 12, before visiting Olmsted Falls Sept. 15.
The Tiger's defense will decide a lot of games this fall.
Garber praised senior goalkeepers Hannah Zochowski (co-captain) and Cassidy Smith.
"They have earned three shutouts during the first four matches and our defensive unit has been solid, with important play coming from co-captain, junior Amy Hawersaat, senior Caila Robinson, senior Grace Deville, junior Gillian Voltz, sophomore Tara Gairing, junior Trisha Singh, senior Kiersten Grumbos and senior Danielle Dimuzio."