It was a night of firsts for Avon Lake as freshman Mariela Lopez scored her first varsity goal and junior goalkeeper Amy Crooks recorded her first varsity shutout to power the Shoregals to a 1-0 victory over Olmsted Falls.
Lopez scored her goal with 3 minutes left in the first half on a shot from 18 yards out. She was assisted by senior Annie Coyne. This lone goal proved to be the game winner although the Shoregals had many opportunities to score as they dominated the offensive stats in this contest with a 25 - 4 advantage in shots and a 15-2 edge in shots on goal. A superb job of goalkeeping by Bulldogs goalie senior Madison Woods, who made 14 saves, allowed Olmsted Falls to stay close in this game. In addition, the OF defense was able to force 8 offsides penalties against the Shoregals and made two goal saving tackles in the box to prevent any further scoring.
Olmsted Falls still had a chance to tie the game in the last minute as a late Avon Lake penalty gave the Bulldogs a free kick near the Shoregal goal. The kick was not able to find the back of the net and the Shoregals escaped with the win which was their 15th in the last 16 games of this series and pushed their all-time record against OF to 15-7-0.
In net for the Shoregals was junior Amy Crooks who made 2 saves to earn the first clean sheet of the season for Avon Lake.
In JV action, Avon Lake emerged with a 5-1 win after Olmsted Falls scored the first goal. With the win, the JV Shoregals move their record to 7-2-1 on the season.