AVON — There are no such thing as moral victories, just plain victories or losses on the scoreboard.
But Avon came just about as close as a team could come to claiming one Monday night.
The Eagles held Magnificat, the state’s sixth-ranked Division I girls soccer team, scoreless for 70 minutes and 47 seconds before allowing the Blue Streaks to break the ice with the match’s only goal with just 8:13 remaining in the second half.
Freshman Alyssa Baumbick got the unassisted goal from 10 yards out after a scramble in front of the net left her open for just a second to boot the ball.
The 1-0 non-conference win raised Magnificat’s record to 9-1-1.
But the Eagles (4-5-3) have been tough on the Rocky River school in recent years, so the strong showing perhaps wasn’t that surprising to their fans on a cool early autumn night. Last year Avon battled the Blue Streaks to a 1-1 tie and beat them two years ago.
“There was a jumble in the box with the ball being kicked around before it popped open for my shot,” Baumbick said of her sixth goal this season, but the first game-winner.
The Blue Streaks dominated the entire match even though Avon got the first shot on goal early in the first half. They outshot the Eagles 23-4 although both teams had nine free kicks.
Magnificat almost scored two other goals when Julian Grimm missed on free kicks from 30 and 35 yards out late in the match.
On a down note for the winners, junior Olivia Lizanich was knocked out briefly after a collision with Avon’s Emily Joyce on the sidelines with 17:09 left in the match. Lizanich was able to get up and walk off the field after a five-minute delay.
Magnificat coach John Fenix said she has a possible concussion which will be checked out at a hospital today.
“With our shot advantage we should have come out with more goals,” Fenix said. “But Avon is really tough and it’s rough playing on an artificial turf.”
Fenix said that even though his team also plays on artificial turf on its home field at Rocky River High School, “the ball is faster and more difficult to control on a rug.”
“This was really a hard-fought match but I knew somebody was going to come out with a win,” Avon coach Danie Schnaufer said. “In the second half we played much harder than the first. We weren’t intimidated by their high ranking, just motivated.”
Avon was outshot 10-3 in the second half, which was an improvement over the first half when the Blue Streaks had 13 shots to Avon’s 1.
Magnificat 1, Avon 0
- GOALS: (M) Alyssa Baumbick
- SAVES: (M) Kaleigh Piscioneti 2; (A) Kayla Wysocki 5
- SHOTS ON GOAL: Magnificat 23, Avon 4
- CORNER KICKS: Magnificat 4, Avon 0
- FREE KICKS: Magnificat 9, Avon 9
- HALFTIME: 0-0
Contact Jerry Rombach at 329-7135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.