Howland dominates in 6-1 victory over Harding

WARREN — On a picture-perfect end of summer evening in Warren, Howland’s girls soccer team dominated the Warren G. Harding Raiders, 6-1, Monday at Mollenkopf Stadium.

The first 20 minutes of the game were evenly matched before Harding struck first with 19:19 left in the first half on a goal by Payton Schuller.

Thirty seconds later, Howland’s onslaught began. The Tigers answered right back with a lighting quick goal by Anaiah Hatton. With the game tied 1-1, Howland took the lead five minutes later on a goal by Kendyl Buckley.

Buckley’s sister, Kamryn Buckley, is the goal keeper for the Tigers and made two saves on the night. The seniors are helping to lead Howland (3-0-3) to another great season. They are an experienced team with nine seniors on the roster.

Howland went 12-7-1 last year and lost in the Division II regional semifinals last November against Hathaway Brown.

“The first 10 or 15 minutes we were a little disorganized,” Howland coach Joe Megyesi said of the Tigers’ performance on Monday. “After that, we woke up.”

Hatton scored her second goal of the game with 6:07 remaining in the first half on an assist by Olivia Myers. Hatton then assisted on Kaitlyn Chambers’ goal with 3:34 on the clock which made it 4-1 at halftime.

Sara Ciletti made the score 5-1 with a goal in the early minutes of the second half, before Caleigh Hogan scored the final goal of the night with 19 minutes remaining.

Hogan fired a long range shot from about 35 yards away and the ball found its way just over the outstretched arms of Harding goalie India Stovell and nestled in the back of the net. Stovell made 10 saves on the night for the Raiders (2-4).

Up next for Harding is Canfield. The Raiders play at the Cardinals on Wednesday night at 7.

Howland will also make a trip to Mahoning County on Wednesday, visiting Boardman at the same time.