It was a new look.
As a ranked team in the Greater Cleveland polls, the young Twinsburg boys soccer squad had to get used to being considered a top club on the pitch.
For a host of athletes on Mike Lally's squad, this is a new way of competing.
The Tigers, ranked eighth in the latest Cleveland coaches' poll, had a 0-0 tie against non-league rival Cleveland Heights on the road Saturday.
"This is a new experience with a top 10 ranking for the kids," said Lally. "We did miss some opportunities to score, but Cleveland Heights is a defensive-minded team,".
Twinsburg (5-3-1) was hurt when senior forward Connor Gantous went out with an injury and the Tigers missed some fairly open shots. Cleveland Heights is 2-5-4 this year.
"We missed some open shots and it did hurt a lot when Connor left — we just battled," said Lally, who did not have a return date for Gantous.
Sophomore Tiger keepers Connor Stuchal and Josh Mikulka continue to improve. Lally has been pleased with the play as Stuchal leads with four shutouts this fall.
"Both have played very well," said Lally.
Despite playing great soccer and good defense, the Tigers fell 2-1 in a tough Suburban League National Conference home clash against undefeated North Royalton (6-0-1, 3-0) Sept. 10.
With the loss, Twinsburg moved to 2-1 in the league battles.
"Our kids played really well against a very good team," said Lally. They have some very good players and a really talented midfielder (Hayden Haffner) that we had to work against, and they made some adjustments.
Haffner did score one tally for the Bears as did Vinny Calo.
Twinsburg did get on the scoreboard when versatile senior Nick Lesko converted a penalty kick.
"That was a nice goal by Nick and he played really went on defense and at center back," said Lally, whose club did allow one re-start goal.
"We had a good performance in the first half and we got some pretty good looks," Lally said. "We just could not score that goal to tie, but we had some chances."
Other seniors on the roster include Ricky DiTurno, Jaylon Hunt, Joey Cusma, Emerson Schneeman, and Aidan Smith.
The Tigers will host Aurora in non-league play Sept. 21, travel to Stow-Munroe Falls Sept. 24 in league action, and host Willoughby South Sept. 28.