Avon wins in double overtime to advance to regional final for first time in boys soccer

Todd Shapiro

BRUNSWICK — The biggest goal in school history happened by accident for Avon on Wednesday night.

With the score tied early in the second overtime of the Division I regional semifinal between Avon and Hudson, Eagles midfielder Ryan Tober lined up to take a free kick 40 yards away from the Hudson goal, with instructions from his coaches to chip the ball over the defense in hopes of creating a loose ball in front of the net.

Not only did Tober clear the defense line, he also caught Hudson goalkeeper Elijah Beh looking the other way as the kick bounced into the goal to give Avon a 2-1 win, its first regional semifinal victory.

“I wasn’t shooting it,” Tober said. “The coaches told me to put it over all the defenders heads and it went through everybody and the goalie dove the wrong way. I saw the net move and I just darted towards my bench.”

Tober, who also scored Avon’s first goal in the 55th minute, has six goals this season to tie the injured Sean Wilson for second on the team.

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