Soccer Advances to MISAL Championship

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Defenseman Matt Tobin scored the game winning goal Tuesday as the Avalon Black Knights defeated the Grace Christian Academy Knights 4-2 in an overtime shootout.

Tobin, a sophomore, delivered the game clinching goal in the shootout’s fourth round after a GCA player hit the crossbar just above Avalon goalie Brendan Sloan.

Both teams finished regulation and two 10-minutes overtime periods in a scoreless tie.

Grace denied Avalon on several occasions throughout the game and held Avalon’s leading scorer Sebastian Gilardi in check.

“I thought the defense did really well holding their ground,” said Gilardi, a sophomore forward.  “I missed a few shots but we kept our heads up and got the win in penalties.”
Sophomore Matt Tobin swings his leg back to deliver the game winning goal vs. Grace Christian Academy on October 22, 2013, in Germantown, Md.

Sophomore Matt Tobin swings his leg back to deliver the game winning goal vs. Grace Christian Academy on October 22, 2013, in Germantown, Md.

Biagio Vignola  led the Black Knights defense which held Grace to minimal shots on goal. Vignola made numerous slide tackles and stopped a would be goal late in the first half with a dive that deflected the ball out-of-bounds.

“I feel like the team we played was strong but our defense held out,” said Vignola.
Avalon scored on all four penalty kick attempts while GCA missed two.
The Black Knights hosted the game at the Maryland Soccerplex in Germantown.
Avalon will play Takoma Academy Thursday for the MISAL championship, 7 p.m. at Riverdale Baptist.

One response to “Soccer Advances to MISAL Championship

  1. Mr. Jonny Wang you are writing English very well! Thank you for this concise and well written article. Go Black Knights!

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