Fitch’s quick goals too much for WGH

AUSTINTOWN — On a frigid night in Austintown, the Fitch girls soccer team came out on fire in a 2-0 victory over Warren G. Harding in a Division I Austintown District first-round sectional game.

With 1:19 into the game, the Falcons flew down the field and scored.

Austintown quickly moved the ball against Harding and off a nice corner kick senior Camryn Constance found the back of the net to take the early 1-0 lead.

“We got off to a quick start, which is something we don’t normally do,” said first-year Falcons coach Bill Spencer.

Less than three minutes later the Falcons made it 2-0 on an impressive goal by sophomore Katlyn Klasic.

Fifth-seeded Austintown made the two early scores hold up.

Both Fitch and 12th-seeded Harding dealt with temperatures in the low 40s.

“I told our team we played 74 minutes of outstanding soccer,” Harding coach Diane Hernandez said. “I can’t take anything away from Austintown. They have a great skill set with great passing. We played with a lot of heart tonight and I’m very proud of my girls.”

The Falcons (7-3-7) advance a sectional final against Green. The Bulldogs beat Canton McKinley, 10-1. Green hosts Fitch Thursday, starting at 7 p.m.

“Only three losses in 17 games sounds pretty good,” Spencer said. “Unless there’s an upset, it should be a good match up against Green.”

After the opening minutes, senior goalie India Stovell and the rest of the Harding defense were stingy the remainder of the game. The Raiders pushed the ball and made Austintown work for the victory.

“We let them stay around and they put some pressure on us in the second half,” Spencer said. “They made it interesting.”