AROUND THE HORN
Howland beat Salem along the way
COLUMBUS — The Howland boys soccer team had been waiting a year for this moment.
Getting the opportunity for revenge against Tipp City Tippecanoe, the team that beat the Tigers in last year’s state final, Howland dished it out Saturday with a 5-0 win in the Division II state title game to finish off an undefeated season and capture the first boys soccer state title in Trumbull County history.
Over the last two seasons, the Tigers posted a record of 43-1-2, including a win over Salem in this year’s sectional final.
Mooney defeated in state final
COLUMBUS — Youngstown Cardinal Mooney defeated Columbiana and South Range on the way to the Division III boys soccer state championship match, but couldn’t get past Cincinnati Mariemont on Saturday.
A rush of goals early in the second half proved to be the difference as Mooney fell, 4-1, to Cincinnati Mariemont at MAPFRE Stadium. It broke a seven-game shutout streak by the Cardinals.
“I’m proud of how we played,” Cardinals senior Brian Philibin said. “We worked hard the whole game. That other team was bigger, faster, stronger than us, but at the end of the day, it’s the game of soccer.”
In the final minutes of the game, Mooney senior Justin Durkin scored with assists from Philibin and Petros Atsas.
The Cardinals graduate six seniors, and end their season at 16-3-4.
Ohio University’s game canceled
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State’s game against Colorado next Saturday has been canceled, the second straight game the Sun Devils will miss due to positive COVID-19 tests.
The Pac-12 announced cancelation of the game Sunday due to Arizona State not having enough scholarship players available to meet the conference’s 53-player minimum.
Arizona State’s game against California on Saturday was canceled after numerous Sun Devils players and coaches, including head coach Herm Edwards, tested positive for COVID-19.
“The cancellation of another game is very difficult to accept for all of us, but it continues to be the right decision under the circumstances,” Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson said in a statement. “The health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes is our number one priority and will continue to be at the forefront of every decision.”
The Mid-American Conference also had its first cancellation Sunday. Ohio University’s game at Miami of Ohio on Tuesday night was called off because of roster issues related to COVID-19 with the Bobcats.
The MAC started its season the day after Election Day and has no room in its six-week regular-season for makeup dates.