ELYRIA — Dom Strippoli had the game of his senior season Monday night at Knights of Columbus Field, scoring all three of Avon Lake’s goals in a 3-2 win over Elyria Catholic.
Asked how many goals he’s scored this season, Strippoli pointed three fingers in the air and answered, “Three.”
“Dom decided to show up tonight,” Shoremen coach Dan Ogilvy said.
Strippoli’s first goal was a shot from 20 yards out on the left side to put Avon Lake (6-5-2) up 1-0 with 13:50 left in the opening half.
After Andrew Bir tied it for EC (10-3-1) on a short shot with 12:59 to go, Strippoli got his second goal with 2:15 left to put the Shoremen up 2-1 at halftime.
Jimmy Zambo then tied the score again for the Panthers 11:08 into the second half on a left-footed boot from 20 yards out on the right side.
Strippoli then got his third goal – the game-winner — on a short shot from in front of the goal with 16:15 remaining in the game.
“We had great team play today,” Strippoli said. “The guys opened up a lot of lanes for me. We played hard all game and managed to hold on at the end.”
While Monday’s goals were his first of the season, Strippoli has had hat tricks before, in fact, one each year on varsity.
“All season long it’s taken part of the game for us to get settled in,“ Ogilvy said. “We beat a very good and well-coached team tonight. We organized ourselves well tonight. It was one of our biggest wins of the year. The other big win was against Amherst.”
Avon Lake dominated play most of the second half after EC had tied it.
“The first 10 minutes of the second half we played pretty well,” Panther coach Mike Wisnor said. “But then the momentum shifted after we tied the score. We sort of backed off and for some reason we got complacent. Dan has done a solid job at Avon Lake. He has a good team.”
Elyria Catholic enters Division II sectional play next Thursday at home against Copley. But the Panthers still have two regular-season games left, including today’s home game against Lake Catholic.
Avon Lake opens Division I sectional action Oct. 20 at home against the winner of the Olmsted Falls-North Ridgeville game. The Shoremen have a big regular-season game Wednesday at Westlake. Ogilvy considers that an important game because the Demons could be a future tournament foe.
Avon Lake 3, Elyria Catholic 2
GOALS: Avon Lake—Dom Strippoli 3, Elyria Catholic—Andrew Bir, Jimmy Zambo
ASSISTS: Avon Lake—Nick Siko, Elyria Catholic—Kurt Schmittgen, Nick Levis
SHOTS ON GOAL: Avon Lake 11, Elyria Catholic 12
SAVES: Avon Lake—Brycer Stuart 3, Logan Crist 2, Elyria Catholic—Frank Sanabria 8.
HALFTIME: Avon Lake, 2-1