McClain's Griffin Foltz and Miami Trace's Kyler Conn collide while battling for possession of the ball, Tuesday at McClain Field. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
McClain's Griffin Foltz and Miami Trace's Kyler Conn collide while battling for possession of the ball, Tuesday at McClain Field. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
GREENFIELD — It wasn’t the outcome the McClain Tigers wanted, but following a break of over a week from in-game action due to the Highland County Fair, the Tigers returned to the field and battled visiting Miami Trace tough. In the end, though, the Panthers were one goal better in the Frontier Athletic Conference showdown, with MTHS defeating the host Tigers by a 3-2 final score.

The loss drops the Tigers to .500 at 3-3 overall with a FAC mark of 1-2. The Panthers are now 4-2 overall this season with a 1-1 record in the conference.

“It was a fantastic and enjoyable game,” MHS coach Nick McNeal said. “The kids put a lot of heart into the second half, especially the last 20 minutes. I really feel if the boys come out and play a full 80 minutes like they did that last 20, I think they can beat anybody.



“I thought both teams did a fantastic job, and it was a great game and I can’t wait to play them again.”

The Tigers were first to score a goal on Tuesday night at McClain Field with Haydon Hice sending the ball to the back of the goal off a corner kick from Braeden Bergstrom with 33:05 left in the first half for the 1-0 early lead over Miami Trace.

That lead didn’t last long with the Panthers charging back with their first goal of the match from Kyler Conn, tying the score at 1-1. The Panthers took what was a 2-1 halftime lead following a goal from Ethan Steele with 5:03 left in the opening half.

In the second half, around the 24-minute mark, Miami Trace added a third goal with nearly 25 minutes left in the FAC showdown as Caleb Perry scored a goal for the Panthers, pushing their lead to two goals at 3-1.

McClain came back and got to within a goal as Bergstrom scored a goal on a penalty kick with 12:03 on the clock, but that was the final goal of the match for the Tigers.

At goal for McClain was Noah Reeves with 11 saves against the Panthers.

The Tigers will be back in action on Thursday night (Sept. 12), as they will hit the road for FAC play to face the Chillicothe Cavaliers. From there, on Saturday (Sept. 14) the Tigers will host the Southeastern Panthers in non-conference action at 1 p.m.