Twinsburg boys soccer head coach Mike Lally realized his squad would have to battle to compete in the annual match against state and national power Cleveland St. Ignatius.
Ignatius won 6-0 at Wasmer Field Aug. 21 and is ranked fourth in the USA Today/United Soccer Coaches Super 25 Pre Season National Poll.
However, it just 1-0 at the first half in a defensive battle.
Twinsburg’s defense was amazing at times and especially in the first half.
Wildcat forward Kory Nekeloff started the game off with a header goal at the 24th minute mark, assisted by Henry Curtis.
Both Nekeloff and Everett Shorey each ended with two goals each for Ignatius.
"We knew it would be tough early on with Ignatius being one of the best in the entire country, plus we had Solon, which is a huge rivalry game for us," said Lally, of the first two games of the season.
The youthful Tigers also were able to post a 1-1 tie in the junior varsity contest against the Wildcats.
Twinsburg was set to Suburban League National Conference action at home Tuesday against Cuyahoga Falls.
In upcoming action, the Tigers visit North Royalton Sept. 4 in league play, travel to Lyndhurst Brush for a non-league game Sept. 6, host Mentor Sept. 8 in non-league action, and play a league game at Brecksville Sept. 1.