AVON — Karissa Kraszewski made sure that Avon kept the momentum against rival Avon Lake.
The senior scored a pair of goals, one with 10 seconds remaining in the first half, to help the Eagles win 3-1 on Wednesday night in the Southwestern Conference opener for both teams.
Avon improves to 1-0-1 while Avon Lake was playing its first game of the season.
“I saw an opportunity and I took it,” she said. “I think once we scored that’s when everyone starts getting hyped up and our energy gets super high. Everyone gets really positive.”
Avon struck within the first two minutes when Nyah Snezek converted a header in front of the goal off a long feed from Kaleigh Jaracz. That lead held for most of the first half, despite Avon Lake having a couple of chances to tie things up.
The Shoregals couldn’t find the equalizer, and Kraszewski made them pay. Avery Rosso started things with a shot from about 30 yards on the right side of the Avon Lake goal. It was deflected by goalkeeper Emily Yarham. Kraszewski, however, was there to clean up the rebound and bury it on the right side of the net in the waning seconds.
Kraszewski’s second goal came within the first 10 minutes of the second half — breaking down her defender and converting a one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
“We had a good quick jump-start,” Avon coach Attilla Csiszar said. “It was nice, the girls were moving the ball. I think they were hungry. They came out to win after our first game with Strongsville ended in a tie. I think that boosted their confidence and they came out ready to play.”
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