Girls soccer: Avon draws even with defending SWC champ Berea-Midpark

Todd Shapiro
The Chronicle-Telegram

AVON — There was no need for Avon and Berea-Midpark to worry about remembering not to high-five or hug teammates or coaches after a well-placed goal or beautiful assist Wednesday night.

Thanks to great goalkeeping and missed opportunities, neither team found the back of the net, as the Eagles came away with a 0-0 draw against the defending Southwestern Conference champion.

It was the third straight draw for Avon, which is 1-1-3 and 0-0-2 in the SWC.

“Towards the tail end of the match, we started to push, started to attack and we started to play as a team,” Avon coach Attila Csiszar said. “It’s still early in the season so I’m excited for what these girls can do. Realistically, I know we have a talented group. I was very satisfied with how they finished the final seven to 10 minutes of the game. I know when we can transfer that throughout the entire game, good things will happen. It’s just going to take work.”

Avon played in the Berea-Midpark end of the field for the bulk of the first half and outshot the Titans 8-6 overall.

However, Berea-MIdpark came out stronger to start the second half and had the game’s best scoring chance in the 54th minute, when junior Mia Maruna got free with possession in front of Avon goalkeeper Ariana Vakos. But when Maruna played the ball across the face of the goal, it trickled wide of the open corner of the net and rolled harmlessly out of play.

“We adjusted our play just a little bit and we moved some players around,” Berea-Midpark coach Abbey Golden said. “It was a very well-played, crazy, passionate, conference soccer game. Both teams played with a lot of passion.

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