AUSTINTOWN — The Austintown Fitch boys soccer Falcons have gotten off to a hot start this season, and Tuesday’s 3-0 win against the Canfield Cardinals further cemented the theme of the season thus far: togetherness.
“Our main focus for this season has been sticking together,” Falcons coach Tracey Direnzo said. “We know that when we start playing like individuals out there, that’s when we break down and stop doing the little things right. When we play together as a family, that’s when we take care of business.”
The Cardinals came out strong, briefly putting the Falcons on their heels. When sophomore Fitch defender Dylan Morton made an acrobatic save right before the ball entered the goal, the momentum shifted to the Falcons.
“That play really showed our togetherness,” Direnzo said. “We are always there to back each other up. When someone gets beat, there’s always another player there to back them up.”
Junior defender Keanu Ruiz got the scoring started at the 21:17 mark in the first half, and the Falcons took a 1-0 lead into halftime.
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.