A boost in confidence can come from just about anywhere, whether it be one good play leading to another or the gods simply bestowing a gift. The Austintown-Fitch boys soccer team gratefully took a gift then struck with two more plays to overcome a slow start in dropping Boardman, 3-2, at Falcon Stadium Thursday night.
“I think it was a confidence thing,” Fitch coach Tim Walsh said. “In their heads, they were thinking, ‘OK, we got the first one.’ You could see everyone’s confidence pick up. I think we had the advantage from that point until the end.”
The Falcons (3-1, 2-1 in All-American Conference Red Tier) trailed, 1-0, when a Boardman defender tried clearing the ball to the sideline but it ricocheted off a teammate before rolling past the goalkeeper and rolled nearly 40 yards. A Boardman defender was a split second late and the ball crossed the goal line to tie the game at 1-1 in the 18th minute of the first half.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.