It had to end at some point.
It's one of those sayings that nobody really likes to hear — all good things must come to an end.
Twinsburg's girls soccer team finally suffered a loss in the regular season.
A difficult 2-0 league loss on the road at North Royalton Wednesday was the Tiger's first regular season loss since late in the 2017 campaign.
Incredibly, the Tigers had captured 26 wins in a row. That's a school record in any sport.
"It was a tough loss," said veteran head coach John Garber. "We had a great run."
A red-hot North Royalton squad (4-3, 2-1) is one of the most improved teams in the Suburban League National Division.
The Bears had the Tigers’ number as Twinsburg's offense couldn't take advantage of opportunities.
There were missed opportunities by Twinsburg, but Garber thought that North Royalton's spirited play also played a factor.
"We had a lot of good scoring opportunities, but just couldn't get a score ñ we didn't execute our best, but North Royalton had a good game plan they showed some conviction in their play," explained Garber.
Twinsburg (7-1, 2-1) rebounded with a 5-0 non-league win at home over Olmsted Falls Saturday.
It was a matchup of two clubs re-loading from a storybook 2018 campaign.
The Lady Tigers are just a bit ahead of Olmsted Falls (2-4-1), coming off a record-breaking 15-2-1 season, but with just three returning starters back in the mix. The Tigers were 21-1 in 2018.
"We scored well and it was a combined effort of our defense and our keepers," said Garber, who emptied his bench.
Forward and senior leader Allison King scored the first tally.
King, who is headed to Northern Kentucky University, scored off an assist by Brenna Utrup.
Just a freshman, Utrup had the first two assists. She assisted junior defender Tara Gairing, who made it 2-0.
Other goals were scored by senior forward Gillian Voltz, senior forward Gillian McKenna, and sophomore forward Emily Patrzyk.
The shutout was earned by Alexis Cellura, who has excelled in her first season at the varsity level.
Cellura, junior Angela Rose, and sophomore Elliotte Schneeman also played in the nets in the victory and secured the shut out.
"Alexis did a good job and Angela played most of the second half, plus Elliotte got some good minutes as well," noted Garber.
Credited with the other assists for the Tigers were senior defender Trisha Singh, plus freshmen Jadyn Harris and Klaire Weinroth.
The Lady Tigers just couldn't dent the nets at North Royalton as goalkeeper Nicole Jones registered her fourth shutout of the fall.
"We probably should have had a couple of goals," pointed out Garber.
Meanwhile, the Bears played strong on offense as Stephanie Schroeder and Sydnee Rice each scored to stun the Lady Tigers.
Voltz continues to excel for the Tigers after an amazing recovery from a torn ACL knee injury in the third game of the year in 2018 against Mentor.
In a pre-game ceremony at the football game against Solon, Voltz was honored as the University Hospital Comeback Player of the Year.
Other key seniors for Twinsburg include Amy Hawersaat, Kaela Turle, and Lola Davis.
In upcoming action, the Lady Tigers play a league contest at Brecksville Sept. 18, plays a non-league game at Grafton Midview Sept. 21, and the Tigers host Stow-Munroe Falls Sept. 25 at Tiger Stadium.
Looming is the Sept. 28 road trip to state power Massillon Jackson.
Last season, Garber's Tigers disposed of the Polar Bears 3-1 in a Division I regional championship at Green's Memorial Stadium.
That was one of the biggest wins in Twinsburg history.