AVON — Avon’s top-seeded girls soccer team showed its versatility Monday as the Eagles came away with an 8-1 victory over Lake Ridge in a Division II district semifinal.
Seven girls scored for Avon, with career goal-scoring leader Megan Repas finding the net only once and getting just one assist.
The Eagles (16-3) host Firelands in the district final Thursday at 7 p.m. The Falcons eliminated Buckeye 3-1 in Monday’s other district semifinal. The Lions leave the tournament trail with a 14-5-1 record.
“We were well-prepared for this game tonight,” Avon coach Tony DiMacchia said. “We wanted to dominate the middle of the field and attack from there. The girls did what they had to do in order to put the Lions away.”
Sophomore midfielder Devon Saini put the winners on the board first with an unassisted goal from 25 yards out a little more than three minutes after the opening touch.
Lake Ridge’s Marlena D’Amico tied the score 10 minutes later from close range. D’Amico’s score came as Avon goalie Holly Kraus was caught out of position after coming out to try to shut down the Lions attack.
Ali Fisher of the Eagles broke the tie four minutes later with the first of her two goals.
Fisher timed her header off a Repas corner kick perfectly to knock the ball past Lake Ridge sophomore goalie Emily Kurtz.
“We were really excited after we tied the score,” Lions coach Tara Bowen said. “It had us and our fans pumped up. We were hoping that it meant we could keep up with them.”
Avon freshman Holly Ohradzansky drilled home an unassisted goal from 25 yards out in the 29th minute before Repas tallied her only goal eight minutes later from close range.
“Our defense, especially freshman Bryanna Daniel, marked Repas up very nicely,” Bowen said. “I couldn’t have asked for more out of our very young team.”
The Eagles added four second-half goals. Fisher got her second goal just over eight minutes into the second half. Freshman Megan Garner scored three minutes later, and Samantha Bender scored in the 68th minute. Senior co-captain Katie DeMarco closed out the scoring less than two minutes later when her high, lofting kick from 45 yards out found its way to the net.
“Lake Ridge came into this game with a very respectable record,” DiMacchia said. “They have some very solid players and worked hard to battle us for most of the game, despite the score. I don’t believe in running up the score, even against some of the weaker teams.
“I was really glad to see all of our girls contribute. Katie (DeMarco) is a very good leader. Even though she’s a defender, she has the foot skills to bring the ball up to the front of our attack and to be a big part of the scoring opportunities. We’re very fortunate that she and our other girls can do that.
“We’re looking forward to playing Firelands a second time this season. We were able to shut their offensive power down in our first meeting. That’s what our defense has to do.”
Avon beat Firelands 2-0 in West Shore Conference match at Avon on Oct. 24.
“Coming in, we knew that Avon is a great team with a lot of weapons,” Bowen said. “We knew that we would have to try to take away their speed. They have several great players on the field, with many of them probably headed to college teams after high school.
“We tired in the late stages of the first half and couldn’t keep up with them as well as we would have liked. Our girls played with a lot of heart. I only wish it were next year already. I like what we have coming back. We’re going to get more touches in the offseason in preparation for next year.”
Avon 8, Lake Ridge 1
GOALS: (LR) Marlena D’Amico; (A) Devon Saini, Ali Fisher 2, Holly Ohradzansky, Megan Repas, Megan Garner, Samantha Bender, Katie DeMarco
ASSISTS: (A) Megan Repas, Samantha Bender 2, Megan Garner 2
SHOTS: Lake Ridge 6; Avon 28
SHOTS ON GOAL: Lake Ridge 3; Avon 18
SAVES: (LR) Emily Kurtz 11; (A) Holly Kraus 1
CORNER KICKS: Lake Ridge 1; Avon 5
HALFTIME: Avon, 4-1