BOYS SOCCER: Tie in hard fight vs. Eagles

For the News-Times

A hard-fought 0-0 tie was the result of a Southwestern Conference road battle Wednesday as the Comets boys soccer team traveled to Avon.

The Eagles are the third-ranked team in Greater Cleveland, so Amherst had its work cut out.

Neither team was able to put much together in the first half offensively, with Avon registering three shots on target to Amherst’s zero.

The Eagles gained some momentum in the final few minutes of the half and created some opportunities but were turned away by the Comets defense, anchored by saved from senior goalkeeper and captain Ryan Rigsby.

Avon started the second half controlling the play but the game turned about 10 minutes in when a yellow card forced the Eagles to play a man down. The power imbalance lasted the final 30 minutes.

Capitalizing on the advantage, the Comets were able to keep the ball in their own offensive half of the field for large chunks of time and recorded eight shots in the half along with four corner kicks.

Rigsby recorded eight saves on the night and added a fourth shutout to his season total. Junior midfielder Bradley Kirsch was all over the field for the Comets and played an exceptional game.

In the junior varsity game, Avon defeated Amherst 2-0.

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