The Avonworth Boys Soccer team began the season with a rough start, but was able to pull together impressive games for an overall 2-2 game record.
The season began with a game against Steel Valley, who Avonworth ultimately lost with a score of 3 – 2. The team faced a difficult start, but began to pull the game back together. In the end of the game, it just wasn’t fast enough. Jordan Dawley and Michael Osekowski scored the first and second goals, aided by Addison Dexter. Goalkeeper Jack Hustwit made six saves, and Osekowski showed an impressive last-minute goal to keep the ‘Lopes in the game.
A few days later, the ‘Lopes faced another loss to Keystone Oaks with a score of 3 – 4. Jack Hustwit made many great saves throughout the game, but it was not enough to overcome Keystone Oaks’s offense. It was an unpredictable and intense game; and it was very close up until the winning shot in the last 40 seconds.
The ‘Lopes secured the season’s first win in a game against East Allegheny, with a final score of 2 – 1. With many injured players and two very close losses already, it appeared to a difficult game ahead. Straight into the game, Ralfi Gonzales (Northgate) and Addison Dexter were able to score a first goal, and the game began to look promising. It was a very competitive battle throughout the game , but Avonworth’s defense and goalie were able to hold on to the team’s lead. Osekowski scored the game’s impressive winning shot, and the defense kept their finish strong.
The team put on a powerfully offensive game against South Allegheny, winning 10 – 0. After a slow start to the game, Addison Dexter scored the first goal around 28 minutes in. Soon after, Anthony Mundorf scored another goal, giving Avonworth a strong lead at the start. This lead only increased as Conner Whalen, Jason Witherall, and Ralfi Gonzales each scored respective goals. Mike Ozekowski was able to kick a shot from 30 yards out, giving Avonworth a 6 goal lead. Ralfi Gonzales scored a second goal to end the first half. As the second half began, Ozekowski and Mundorf were able to make two more goals. The final goal of the night was made by Henry Wagner. South Allegheny tried to push their offense, but it could not overcome Avonworth’s strong defensive abilities. The game finished with a victorious Avonworth win.