Ryan Thron, J.R. Barchue and Simone Raffaelli scored first half goals but Avalon couldn’t take advantage of an early 2-goal lead as the Black Knights lost a home game to Don Bosco Cristo Rey 5 to 3 at Nike Missal Park Thursday.
After falling behind 1-0 early in the game, Avalon scored three goals in the first half and went to halftime up 3-1.
However, the second half went much differently for the Black Knights, as Don Bosco rallied with four goals and Avalon failed to find the back of the net.
The Black Knights had chances in the as senior John Paul McPherson and Barchue tallied three shots on goal but the misses went wide or were defended.
The Avalon coaching staff agreed the team played well in the first half but lost steam in the second.
Head coach Gustavo Gilardi questioned whether or not the lag was psychological or if the game got out of hand due to a strategic shift to more defensive tactics.
He added the team has the ability to win games, but still needs to grow.
“The last 10 minutes of the first half you played beautiful soccer. Build on that, not the second half,” said assistant coach Chip Berman.
Despite the loss, Gilardi sees progress in the soccer program. The team will compete this fall and with a winter indoor soccer season, and a spring outdoor season this year, the team will have plenty of training.
“The only way that a soccer team can continue growing is to continue playing.,” said Gilardi.