The Avalon Black Knights fell 2-0 in a well-played, intense Maryland Independent School Athletic League championship soccer game Thursday against the Takoma Academy Tigers.
“It was a tough game,” said head coach Gustavo Gilardi. “We beat these guys before so taking this loss is quite surprising. I’m proud of these boys regardless. We played our best and had a very successful season.”
Takoma put the game away late in the second half with a goal rebounded off a shot that slammed off the crossbar behind Avalon goalie Jamie Angelaras.
The Tigers defense held strong throughout the game as Avalon failed to penetrate and take advantage of the few opportunities given.
Starting forward Zamir Courtney, a junior, had one of the few attempts to score for the Black nights but he was not able control the ball through Takoma’s tight defense.
Later, Takoma lost a key player for a brief time but continued to keep Avalon away from the net and did not allow the Black Knights to build from the momentum swing.
Despite the loss, Avalon players agreed the team had success this season and they their game to another level.
“We hustled and we had a successful season,” said sophomore defensive player Matthew Tobin. “I’m disappointed of course but second place is better than nothing. We all have had a great time this season and I’m proud of everyone!”
Avalon fought from the beginning to end of this game. Even at the final minutes they never gave up.
“They scored a lucky goal on us,” said Starting forward Noah Loren. “After that we were trying to fight our way back into the game but we couldn’t do enough.