COLUMBUS — Sometimes the bounces go your way and sometimes they don’t.
It was the latter for the Howland High School boys soccer team on Sunday, as the Tigers lost 1-0 to Tipp City Tippecanoe in the Division II state championship at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus.
It was the first loss of the season for Howland, which finished 21-1-1.
“In a game at this level, against another great team, it usually comes down to one team taking advantage of a fortunate bounce or even to PKs,” Howland coach Brian Stiles said. “We can’t complain because we had a lot of those ricochets go our way this year. It’s just soccer and those types of things usually even out.”
The Red Devils, who finished 23-0-1, scored with 12:27 remaining. Andrew Baileys began the play with a throw-in and Keaton Jackson flicked the ball into the box. Howland tried to clear the ball, but Tippecanoe’s Aaron Davis blocked the clear, then fired a shot that deflected off a Howland defender past goalkeeper Lucas Brill.
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.