TALLMADGE — It was brutally hot and there was no humidity to be found anywhere.
The Blue Devils, on the other hand, were pretty much oblivious to the conditions.
As a result, they have a three-game winning streak.
The host Tallmadge girls soccer team improved to 3-1 overall after posting a commanding 7-0 victory over Massillon Washington Wednesday at Thomas Rossiaky Stadium.
The Blue Devils scored all seven goals in the first half, including three in the first nine-plus minutes of the game.
Tallmadge completely dictated play from start to finish. They delivered many accurate passes to teammates all across the field and played the ball to open spaces perfectly where players could track it down for breakaway opportunities.
"We played a lot of two-touch passes and one-touch shots," Blue Devils head coach Steve Davis said. "We did a lot of things that will help us for upcoming opponents.
"We wanted to figure out how to rotate around the ball, along with getting our timing right with our runs and our passes."
Katie Hussing, who found herself alone on breakaways just about every time she touched the ball, had three goals.
Reshma Subba added two goals and Jaclyn Adams and Farah Heestand scored once in the first 23-plus minutes of the match. Kylee McCracken and Emily Newenhisen were credited with one assist apiece.
The first three goals took place in the first 10 minutes of the match.
While Davis was pleased to see his team dominate from the opening whistle, he was actually even more impressed with his players' ability to share the ball in the second half.
"I thought we were much better in the second half," Davis said. "We scored a lot of goals, but we had individuals take on two or three defenders one on one. We played more as a team."
Maryn Montgomery, who played goalkeeper in the second half, made three saves for Tallmadge. Tigers' goalie Ariel Carpenter stopped two shots.
The Blue Devils had a 9-2 advantage in shots on goal and a 3-0 edge in corner kicks.
Three wins in a row is certainly nice. However, Davis knows the road will only get tougher.
Tallmadge has yet to play a Suburban League American Conference opponent. As the early stages have shown thus far, the conference appears to be as rugged and deep as ever.
"We're getting there," Davis said. "Every day, we get better. We want to keep the ball on the ground and play a quicker game with more touches.
"We want to continue to improve every day and be able to compete."
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