Uneven play, even score in boys soccer SWC opener

Staff Report

The Comets may have out-shot the Rangers 22-10 but the teams parted ways with a 1-1 tie.

They opened their Southwestern Conference seasons in front of a big crowd at North Ridgeville, where the Rangers hosted their first regular season game at their new stadium.

Amherst controlled the play for the first 10 minutes but North Ridgeville was the first to score as senior Jimmy Steidl found the back of the net with a beautiful strike from 25 yards out.

The green and gold responded quickly and scored one minute later as senior Max Varouh headed the ball to the far post, where it was knocked in by senior Jacob Snowden.

At that point the game became chippy and the play was fairly even until the half ended. Amherst ended the half with a 12-6 advantage in shots.

The second half started slowly with neither team creating a lot of chances.

Amherst turned up the pressure in the final 20 minutes, only to be turned away time and time again by North Ridgeville senior goalkeeper Kyle Milner, who had 10 saves on the night.

Comets outside backs Aiden Serrano and Michael Rakar continued to get into the attack and increase the pressure but the team wasn’t able to find the back of the net.

The junior varsity match also ended in a draw at 2-2.

Amherst had goals by Jonathan Ellis and Caleb Stempowski and an assist by Jacob Rakar. Goalkeeper Austin Becker notched seven saves.

Staff Report