The Avon Lake Shoremen lost their first game of the season 4-2, away at North Ridgeville in an SWC matchup.
Avon Lake came into the game riding high after their late victory over Elyria on Saturday, and got off to a quick start again. Senior Charlie Yungvirt was played in by sophomore Spencer Chippi and completed a tidy finish to take an early lead just 5 minutes in. The goal was Yungvirt’s second on the season.
The Rangers bounced back quickly 5 minutes later after a ball that deflected off the foot of senior Aidan Flinn was picked up by goalie Stephen Jones and called a back pass. The resulting indirect kick was touched back and slammed into the roof of the net to knot the score at 1-1.
North Ridgeville took the lead just 4 minutes after that when a free kick on the right side was met and finished by a left to right run by a Ranger player.
Down 2-1, a stunned Avon Lake team tried to climb back into the game, and eventually did in the 27th minute. A corner kick taken by senior Jack Lawniczak was expertly played to the top of the 6 yard box where fellow senior Nick Dagget arrived to nod the ball home. The goal was Daggett’s sixth, and Lawniczak’s assist was his fifth of the year.
At halftime the score remained 2-2, but that would change quickly in the second half. The Shoremen came out flat, and paid for it 5 minutes in when through ball was latched on to by the speedy North Ridgeville forward, who managed to hold off two Avon Lake defenders and finish past Jones to make it 3-2.
As badly as Avon Lake wanted to make another comeback, their execution was lacking this time around. The best chance they had was on a ball played into the box that junior Edison Lemanowicz beat the Ranger goalie to, but he was forced out wide and his attempt at the open net from a tight angle was cleared away.
The Rangers added an insurance goal with about 12 minutes remaining when one of their players was kept onside by a Shoremen defender and received the pass and calmly placed the ball around Jones to make it 4-2.
Avon Lake did not give up even as the clock ticked down, and had a great opportunity to chip away at the lead when a short corner led to a crossed ball that junior Andrew Jacobson got to first but could not redirect past their goalie.
The scoreline would remain the same and North Ridgeville captured an upset SWC win, 4-2. The loss drops the Shoremen to 4-1-3 on the year, 2-1-2 SWC.
“It is unfortunate that we lost but big time credit to North Ridgeville,” said head coach Pete Klepek. “They were the better team tonight. We showed that we can’t look past any opponent if we want to achieve our goals this season.”
In the early game the JV won 4-0 behind two goals from freshman Liam Reutter. Their record is now 5-1-1. Both teams are back in action this Saturday, at home against Willoughby South. Games are at 5pm and 7pm.