BOYS SOCCER: Eagles capitalize on 2nd half burst

Staff Report

A second half explosion gave the Eagles a 4-2 win over the Comets boys Wednesday in rainy Southwestern Conference soccer action.

The game was a wild shootout with a combined 27 shots on goal. Avon topped Amherst by just three shots but that gap paid off in points.

An uneventful first half was punctuated by an outstanding save by Comets keeper Ryan Rigsby. Amherst also had a close one when sophomore Ben Biedenbach snuck a through ball in to senior Colin O’Connor, who caught Avon’s all-county goalie, Dylan Morris, off guard with a quick shot that went just wide.

The pace of the second half was anything but slow.

The Comets got on the board first 15 minutes in when senior captain Jacob Snowden connected with Biedenbach at the top of the box. Biedenbach calmly slotted the ball past Morris.

Five minutes later, Avon equalized when Nick Korona capitalized on a goalkeeper miscue at the top of the box. With 12 minutes to go, Korona struck again to give Avon a 2-1 lead.

That lead was short lived however, as six minutes later Snowden ripped a 25-yard rocket into the back of the net to make the score 2-2.

Only two minutes later, Avon earned a penalty kick and senior Dylan Tober buried the resulting free kick in the corner for a 3-2 lead.

Amherst pressed forward for the equalizer but Tober put the game out of reach with 51 seconds remaining on a beautiful curling shot in the upper left hand corner of the goal past the sprawling Rigsby.

Also worth a mention — fouls flowed through the night with Avon recording 19 and Amherst picking up 11 more in the wet conditions.

In junior varsity play, Avon pulled out a 2-1 victory to deny the Comets an undefeated season in the conference.

Freshman Caleb Stempowski scored his 11th goal for Amherst on an assist from sophomore Michael Shorts.

Staff Report