Saturday, August 19, 2017
Buckeye High School
Avon Lake High School
The Shoremen boys soccer team opened their season with a strong second half comeback to tie Buckeye 3-3 in a home game played at Troy Intermediate School.
The game started slowly as neither team could take control early. But that all changed in 18th minute when junior Edison Lemanowicz was run over in the box to earn a penalty for Avon Lake. Senior captain Jack Lawniczak stepped up and wrong-footed the goalie as he calmly slotted his shot into the back of the net.
Unfortunately the Shoremen could not maintain their 1-0 advantage for long as the Bucks quickly returned the favor with a goal in the 20th minute. For the next 10 minutes the Shoremen played on their heels and Buckeye took advantage to the tune of 2 more goals, including a penalty kick of their own.
Down 3-1 going into halftime the boys knew that the game was still there for the taking despite the unfavorable score line from the first half. And from the opening second half whistle Avon Lake Boys took control, dominating possession and earning opportunities on goal. Buckeye barely generated any offense in the second half as they bunkered down to try and hold on.
The Shoremen finally broke through in the 58th minute as senior Charlie Yungvirt had a tidy finish in the box to make it 3-2. They continued to knock on the door until a beautiful cross from junior Joey Caputo found the outstretched leg of Lemanowicz to level the score at 3-3 with just over 10 minutes to play.
The Shoremen continued to apply pressure through the final whistle, including two solid chances in the box, a shot just wide from Yungvirt, and a hard shot from close range by junior Cam Salco. Unfortunately for Avon Lake, time ran out on their ability to come all the way back to secure a victory and they had to settle for a season-opening 3-3 tie.
The team must recover quickly for their next match, on Monday away at Cleveland Heights. Games are at 5pm and 7pm.