MEDINA — As an eighth-grader, Mara Jaracz remembers sitting in the stands at Independence High School watching her sister Kaleigh reach the regional semifinals.
On Thursday, the Avon defender joined her former teammate and big sis in the exclusive club after sixth-seeded Avon upset second-seeded Medina 1-0 in a Division I, Northeast District 6 final.
“It’s an incredible feeling to win this game,” Jaracz said. “To be in the stands watching my sister, it was always in the back of my head to be in that position. Now, that we’re here and I’m with all my best friends and we’re onto the regional semifinals, it’s just an amazing feeling. It’s something that has always pushed me.
“I’m definitely going to call my sister and be like, ‘We won. We won.’ I got to play with her for two years. Coming into this season, I wanted to play for her and get that district title like she did two years in a row.
The last time the Eagles (10-4-4) reached the round of 16, coach Attila Csiszar was in his first year with Avon and beat Westlake 1-0 in overtime to reach the regional level.
Fast forward to present time, and Avon will play District 5 winner Brunswick (13-3-3) in a Region 2 semifinal Tuesday.
Believe it when those who saw the game tell you that Jarcacz, Mackenzie Muir, Lauren Bernath and Caite Geiger were a big reason for the Eagles knocking off reigning regional champion Medina.
The one chance Medina had came with 2:34 left when Chloe Tesny had an open net.
Jaracz came from the left side, however, and stuffed Tesny’s attempt to keep Avon up a goal.
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