Crucial matches are coming up for the Twinsburg girls soccer team after a fantastic start to the season.

Staunch defense and strong offense have led the Tigers to a 7-0 overall record.

The Tigers are ranked third in the latest Greater Cleveland Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Poll, behind Strongsville (7-0-2) and Rocky River Magnificat (4-1-1). The Tigers are in front of Olmsted Falls and Amherst.

Twinsburg registered a 3-1 victory at Tiger Stadium over Avon Lake in non-league action Sept. 8. The Tiger defense limited the Shoremen.

Junior forward Alli King responded with a pair of goals in the win while senior forward McKenna Donahue scored one goal. The Tigers won the JV contest 4-0.

On Wednesday, Twinsburg bested visiting league rival North Royalton 2-0 to move to 2-0 in the Suburban League National Division.

Senior keeper Hannah Zochowski got the shutout as veteran senior midfielder Hannah Pickens and King each had a goal.

Zochowski and senior keeper Cassidy Smith teamed for a 2-0 shutout at Mentor in non-league play Sept. 1. King and Donahue each had a goal for the Lady Tigers.

“We have been fortunate to get some good results against quality, well coached opponents,” noted head coach John Garber. “Our schedule is even more challenging as the second half of the season begins.”

Garber hopes to maintain the momentum.

“We have an important week ahead with upcoming matches against two big Suburban League opponents — we host Brecksville (Sept. 12) for Tiger Youth Soccer Night), non-conference away at Olmsted Falls (Sept. 15), and at Suburban League fixture Stow-Munroe Falls (Sept. 20).”

Olmsted Falls is 7-0-0 this season and will also be a great test for the Lady Tigers.

“Every girl in our program has provided meaningful contributions so far,” pointed out the head coach.

“The players train hard, push each other at practice and strive to become better,” he added.

Other experienced Lady Tigers are senior defenders Grace Deville and Cailia Robinson, plus senior forward Mia Cervenka, senior midfielders Alyssa Kleinman and Hana Hayes, plus junior defender Amy Hawersaat, junior forward Kaela Turle, junior defender Gillian Voltz.

Exciting newcomers are also making an impact for the Lady Tigers.

The top newcomers are active senior forward Julia Henderson, junior forwards Gillian Mckenna and Bri Gogan, plus junior midfielders Lola Davis and Dayton Gebeau.

Top new defenders making large impacts are seniors Kiersten Grumbos and Danielle Dimuzio, plus junior Trisha Singh, and sophomore Tara Gairing.

Garber also had praise for the coaching staff.

Robert Harrison returns for his sixth year on the staff and is the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant. Jamie Danies is a first-year varsity assistant with the Tigers.

“Coach Rob and Coach Jamie put in countless hours working with our athletes,” said Garber.