The Avon Lake boys soccer team traveled to face SWC foe North Ridgeville on Wednesday night and emerged with a 3-1 victory.
Early in the game the Shoremen were able to establish control, spending a lot of time in the Rangers half and generating multiple goal scoring opportunities. Unfortunately the finishing touch was nowhere to be found as a couple of prime chances went wayward.
As the first half progressed the Rangers found their footing and began to accumulate chances of their own, mainly on counterattacks. The Shoremen defense, led by seniors Cullen Reutter and Sean Graney, as well as junior keeper Zach Glesius, stood strong, and the teams went to halftime knotted at 0-0.
The second half was a different story, as the Shoremen quickly took control again and this time were able to take their chances.
In the 46th minute senior Zach Ramsey picked up the ball on the right and carried it into the box before driving a shot past the North Ridgeville goalie to make it 1-0. The goal was Ramsey’s team-leading 4th on the year.
The Shoremen continued to pour it on and connected again in the 52nd minute after junior Owen Wiley picked up the ball on the right flank and took a defender on before delivering a cross into the Rangers 18 yard box, which was deflected off a defender’s head and into the path of senior Liam Reutter, who calmly slammed a volley home to make it 2-0.
Avon Lake’s final tally came just two minutes later after junior Nate Summerfield fed fellow junior Andrew Crooks, who dribbled in from the right and buried a shot to make it 3-0 Shoremen. The goal was Crooks’ first of the season.
North Ridgeville earned and converted a penalty kick in the waning minutes of the game to give us the final score line of 3-1 Shoremen.
Avon Lake improves to 3-1-0 (3-1-0 SWC) on the season, while North Ridgeville falls to 1-2-2 (1-2-1 SWC). The Shoremen are in action again on Monday September 14th as they visit defending state champs St. Ignatius at Wasmer Field, games at 5pm and 7pm.