Strong team defense and some timely scoring has given the Twinsburg boys soccer team some victories after facing a brutal schedule to open the season.
Twinsburg, 3-3 overall, are 1-1 in the Suburban League National Conference.
Behind some of that balanced defensive play, the Tigers looked strong in defeating visiting Mentor 1-0 in non-league action Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
Outstanding senior goalkeeper Jacob Pruett secured his second-straight shutout for the Tigers as the Twinsburg defense held Mentor without a single shot on goal.
"We played exceptionally good against Mentor — our defense was great and we finished a good week," said Tiger mentor Mike Lally.
"The guys didn't allow any shots on goal, plus we kept our possession well," added the coach. "Jacob did a great job and Bryce Woods had an amazing goal."
A senior forward, Woods scored the game's only goal on a 40-yard bullet early in the second half.
"That was an amazing goal by Bryce, he saw the (Mentor) keeper off line, and he just buried it," Lally said.
Woods and battle-tested senior Jon Szydlowski give the Tigers a strong pair of forwards.
Moments after Woods' tally, Szydlowski nearly scored on the same type of shot.
Twinsburg and Pruett earned another shutout Thursday in a 4-0 non-league victory on the road at Lyndhurst Brush.
"Jacob (Pruett) did a nice job of directing the defense this week and had a huge save at the end of the first half at Brush," commented Lally.
At the end of the first half and Twinsburg up by a modest 2-0 score, Pruett made a huge save on a Brush shot attempt. Pruett had two saves in the shutout.
Offensively, Woods scored two goals and had an assist while Szydlowski added a goal.
In addition, senior midfielder Alexander Bard scored a goal off of a feed by Woods. Junior Nick Lesko has earned some additional minutes, according to the coach.
Twinsburg fell 3-0 at North Royalton in league action last Tuesday At the time, North Royalton was ranked fourth in the Greater Cleveland Poll.
"North Royalton is a good team and we just did not play organized defense and then we did miss some opportunities on offense," Lally pointed out.
"The guys have a lot of spirit this season," said the Tiger mentor.
Twinsburg was set to travel to Brecksville-Broadview Heights Tuesday.
In upcoming play, the Tigers host Cleveland Heights Sept. 15 at Tiger Stadium, plus visit Bedford Sept. 20 and host Willoughby South in non-league action Sept. 22.
Twinsburg hosts league rival Wadsworth Sept. 25.