Shutout ends boys’ soccer season at sectional finals

Staff Report

And so it has come to an end.

Wiped out 3-0 by Strongsville on Saturday night, the Amherst boys’ soccer postseason run wrapped in the sectional finals.

The shutout came after the Comets secured a 2-1 double-overtime win last week over North Ridgeville in round one to advance.

Amherst out-shot the Rangers 24-17 with Colin O’Connor finding the back of the net early on an assist from Michael Rakar. Senior captain Jimmy Steidl scored for North Ridgeville on a penalty kick to even the odds.

Rangers goalkeeper Kyle Milner and Amherst keeper Ryan Rigsby both came up with big saves to keep the score level at 1-1 in a tight second half.

The first overtime period saw the Comets come close to putting the game away, as O’Connor struck the inside of the post early on. Amherst piled on the pressure during the second overtime period and O’Connor again hit the woodwork, this time on a header off of a cross from sophomore Ben Biedenbach.

It was looking as though the game were heading toward penalty kicks until the Comets won a free kick at midfield with less then a minute to play.

Amherst let the clock run down under 20 seconds and then Rakar sent the free kick into the box where it found senior co-captain Jacob Snowden, who one-timed the ball past Milner for the golden goal victory.

Milner notched seven saves for Ridgeville while Rigsby made six.

Staff Report