NILES — The fast-moving soccer ball headed toward the upper part of the goal. A fast, outstretched hand by the keeper, the ball goes over the net.
Another player drives toward the game’s first goal. Quick movement by the goalie. Diving save. No score.
Both Howland’s and Lakeview’s defensive players became extensions of what Tigers keeper Michael Schwartz and Bulldogs goalie Justin Grove had through two halves and two 15-minute overtime sessions.
Twelve saves apiece. No goals allowed.
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.