CALCUTTA - The Tigers turned the tide.
The Howland boys' soccer team scored two goals in the opening minutes of the second half to break a tie en route to a 4-1 victory Thursday at Beaver Local.
"I thought we came out with a little momentum to start the second half, but we just didn't keep possession down here," first-year Beaver Local (3-1) head coach Mike Hilliard said. "We played flat the whole game. I don't know if it was the heart. We had no subs. We were flat, and I thought we were flat from the get-go.
"We did have our moments during the game. They were quicker to the ball. We lost every loose ball.
"They didn't give up, so I told them not to be disappointed."
Cody Geer recorded the lone goal of the game for the Beavers.
Goalie Logan Andrews made seven saves.
"Well scoring the goals is always good, but give Beaver Local credit," Howland (1-2) head coach George Stevens said. "They only had 12 players. On a day like today where it is 85 degrees they will wear down over time, and that is exactly what happened. I was amazed with how they played the first half."
Kyle Watson netted two goals for the Tigers (1-2), while Alex Tvaroch and Alex Cornicelli each tallied one.
Benji Rush and Jacob Froats collected assists.
Kurt Kuszmaul made seven saves in goal.
Stevens said the Beavers did not do a lot differently than they have in the past under the leadership of former head coach Mick Bowdler.
"I don't think so," he said. "It was a lot quieter on the sideline, so I noticed that obviously. I think their fans were a lot quieter. Mick used to get them fired up, but that is high school soccer."
The meeting was the first between the two AAC rivals. The two teams are scheduled to play again at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Howland.
"I believe they are a Division I team," Hilliard said. "They always have a good team. We play them again this year. We will get our chance to hopefully get them back."
Beaver Local's next match is at 3 p.m. Saturday at South Range as part of a girls' and boys' doubleheader.