STREETSBORO — After playing 110 minutes of scoreless soccer at Quinn Field, it came down to penalty kicks to see who would win the Division II regional final between the Howland Tigers and the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Lions.
In the end, the Tigers outlasted the Lions 4 to 2 in penalty kicks to win 1-0 and advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history.
“We’ve never gone this far,” Howland coach Brian Stiles said. “We’ve been really good for quite a while. I think we were just caught being the smallest team in Division I. Now, we’re Division II, everyone sees what kind of quality soccer we’ve been playing.”
The Tigers also became the first Trumbull County boys or girls soccer team to make it to the state final four.
“It feels great,” Stiles said. “It’s great for the program. We feel we are getting lucky with these penalty kicks. I love it. I’m excited for the guys.”
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.