Tigers battle Red Tier champ

CANFIELD — The Canfield Cardinals have had a pretty special season including clinching the All-American Conference Red Tier a week ago.

They are currently ranked fourth in the state in Division II and are riding a 10-game win streak after their 3-1 win Monday over the Howland Tigers.

“It’s always going to be a battle between Howland and Canfield,” Howland coach Daniel Daniluk said. “You’re always trying to capitalize on the other team’s mistake. We were able to take advantage of the mistake they made and get a goal. They took advantage of our mistakes and get a goal. It’s 1-1 at the half and both teams are feeling good knowing there are opportunities to be made.”

Howland (8-4-3, 2-3-1) got that first goal when Madison McClain’s kick got past goalkeeper Bayann Jadallah 13:50. It’s one of the few times Canfield (14-1, 8-0) has trailed this year.

“We’ve trailed once or twice,” Phil Simone said. “It happens in soccer. Soccer is brutal. We’re pounding. It could have easily been 3-0 us in the first 5 or 6 minutes. We find ourselves down a goal. That’s the one thing about our girls. They’ve been persistent. They keep grinding and find a way to get it.”

It stayed 1-0 in favor of the Tigers until Chloe Kalina knocked in Camryn Khout’s corner kick with 14:07 left in the first half.

The game stayed tied until 6:24 was left in the second half. The Tigers, a few minutes earlier, had an opportunity to take a 2-1 lead. Those opportunities were few and far between as they only had three shots on goal

“We get the opportunity we think we want on the direct kick,” Daniluk said. “We weren’t able to capitalize and the goal down there. We miss-kick it a little bit. I think with six minutes to go, we made a mistake and they are able to capitalize on it. If we make that second goal, the momentum swings and we play a little differently.”

Canfield’s Hannah Stein put her shot in the goal, getting it just past goalkeeper Elizabeth Rusnak to make it 2-1 in Canfield’s favor.

Stein added another goal with 2:43 left to seal the win.