On the final SWC match day of the season the Avon Lake Shoremen boys soccer team hosted rival Olmsted Falls and scored early and often en route to a convincing 5-1 victory.
Needing a win to have any chance of securing an SWC conference title, the Shoremen took control from the start. After a couple of half chances in the first few minutes, the Shoremen struck first in the 9th minute, after sophomore Max Kramhoeller corralled a 50-50 ball and found senior Zach Ramsey, who touched it to his right and hit a hard shot right at the Bulldogs keeper. While not ideal placement, the shot was too hot to handle and was bobbled and squeezed through his legs for the 1-0 lead.
Less than a minute later Kramhoeller garnered his second assist, this time after a superb individual effort led to a lovely shot headed towards the bottom right corner before it was deflected and tapped home by junior Nate Summerfield to make it 2-0.
In the 24th minute senior Liam Reutter played an amazing diagonal ball from the left side of the field about 40 yards out that was perfectly placed for Ramsey to run on to from the right and finish with a volley for the 3 goal advantage.
Avon Lake generated several more chances before the Bulldogs managed to pull one back late in the first half, after they found time and space to hit a well-placed shot from about 25 yards out that found the bottom left corner to make it 3-1 going into halftime.
The second half started with a nice run of offensive pressure by the Bulldogs, with a couple of shots on goal, but none that troubled junior goalkeeper Zach Glesius too much.
In the 49th minute the Shoremen scored their 4th goal of the evening off a nice connection from senior Logan Allemeier to Liam Reutter. Reutter, who earlier in the evening had taken his first lefty shot of the season, made a hard run to the near post and on his second left-footed shot of the season, powered a volley into the back of the net.
The final nail in the coffin came in the 60th minute off the foot of junior Owen Wiley, who received a pass from Liam Reutter and slammed in a shot from the right corner of the six yard box for the final 5-1 score line (and for 10 pushups by Coach Klepek).
Avon Lake almost put away a couple of other chances late, but some solid goalkeeping from the Bulldogs keeper kept the score where it was, and a goal scored by senior Tyler Johnson was waived off after he was deemed to have started in an offside position.
With the victory Avon Lake improves to 12-2-1 (7-1-0 SWC) on the season. Unfortunately, results elsewhere in the conference placed the Shoremen in the runner up position for the conference crown behind rival Avon, who defeated the Shoremen in a close match in Avon Lake’s first game of the season.
“We could only control what was in front of us, and that was beating a talented Olmsted Falls team,” said head coach Pete Klepek. “I thought we played outstanding tonight. Offensively we were clicking and could have put in even more than we did. I wish we had our first game to play again, but want to congratulate Coach Dore and Avon for earning the conference title. Perhaps we will end up with another chance to play that game in the playoffs.”
Liam Reutter’s two assists increase his season total to 13, which we believe is a new record for single-season assists, surpassing the 11 that Jack Lawniczak handed out in 2017. His goal was his 8th on the year.
Zach Ramsey’s brace increases his team-leading tally to 12 goals, while Nate Summerfield now has 5 and Owen Wiley 3. Max Kramhoeller now has 3 assists and Logan Allemeier 4 for the year as well.
The Shoremen have their last regular season match up on Saturday October 17th away at Eastlake North, ahead of a playoff matchup the following Saturday against the winner of Medina Highland vs Akron Firestone.