Avon clinches state semifninal berth with late goal

MACEDONIA – With just under two minutes remaining in the Division I regional final game on Saturday afternoon, it looked like Avon boys’ soccer team was heading for another stressful overtime session.

Then, after a great cross through the box, senior Calvin Schwab found the back of the net to send the Eagles (16-2-2) to the state semifinals, taking down Massillon Jackson (13-3-4) 1-0. The Eagles are heading to the final four for the first time in school history.

“Its unbelievable experience but its not for me,” Avon coach Chris Dore said. “It’s not about me, its about (the players). I have been here 15 years and these players are special and it’s really all about them.”

The Eagles have been the cardiac kids over the past two weeks, winning their last three games by one goal in all three.

“There’s no doubt it is stressful,” Dore said. “But it’s rewarding. If it’s not stressful then its not rewarding. Playing for your community and doing something special like this, they will always remember. I think the way we have been getting here is a testament to the heart they have and how much they believe in each other.”

Nobody on the Avon side will complain that they handled this one in regulation and didn’t need overtime.

“We have been trying to tell guys to get to the back post as much as they possibly can because when crosses come through they always come to the other side,” Dore said. “When Calvin went in the game I explained to him how much I really wanted him to be in that position when the opportunity came and he smashed it. It was an unbelievable goal.”

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