The Avon Lake Shoremen boys soccer team earned their first win of the season on a cloudy day in Berea by a score of 5-1 over SWC for Berea Midpark.
It was Senior Day for the Titans, and the Shoremen followed their lead as all 5 Avon Lake goals were scored by seniors.
Senior Zach Ramsey got the Shoremen started in the 7th minute after junior Nate Summerfield’s cross from the right found sophomore left back Max Kramhoeller at the back post. His header was deflected and Ramsey was quickest to the ball to poke it home and make it 1-0.
Ramsey doubled the lead in the 20th minute after he earned a free kick 35 yards out and promptly placed his direct kick on net just out of the reach of the Titans goalie.
About 13 minutes later junior Nick DelGiudice played a nice through ball to the right flank for sophomore Ben Tyson, who played a cross to the top of the six yard box for senior Tyler Johnson. Johnson out leaped his marker and buried a header into the back of the net to make it 3-0.
The fourth goal quickly came off another header, this time from a Ramsey corner kick to fellow senior Logan Allemeier, who guided the ball past the keeper for the final score of the first half.
The Shoremen’s fifth and last goal of the game was scored in the 50th minute after a Berea Midpark turnover was taken by junior Andrew Crooks, who swiftly found senior Liam Reutter in acres of space. Reutter calmly carried the ball to goal and tucked his shot away.
The Titans continued to fight and 4 minutes later after a round of Shoremen substitutions were able to exploit some lax defending and get a quality shot from just inside the 18. Junior keeper Brady Walls, freshly checked into the game, made an outstanding initial save but the rebound was put away to make it 5-1.
The Titans’ keeper came up with several outstanding efforts over the final 25 minutes to prevent the margin from growing, including saves of a powerful header from senior Cullen Reutter in the 61st minute and a diving header from Crooks in the 78th minute. Overall Avon Lake put 14 shots on target in the day.
Junior keeper Zach Glesius kept a shutout during his time on the field, and the Shoremen defense was lead as always by strong play from Cullen Reutter and fellow senior Sean Graney.
“Very happy with the performance today,” said head coach Pete Klepek. “I thought we were the better team and we proved it on the field. To see the seniors step up and score all the goals was icing on the cake. We will go far with that kind of leadership and production from that group.”
With the victory Avon Lake evens their record at 1-1-0 (1-1-0 SWC) while Berea Midpark falls to 0-2-0 (0-2-0 SWC).
The Shoremen are in action next away against Westlake on Wednesday, games at 5 and 7pm.