By Brian Shaw
Avalon Black Knights senior Francesco Brown scored his last High School goal in the MISAL championship game Monday but it wasn’t enough in a 2-1 loss to Calverton School.
Down 1-0 in the second half, Brown scored on a penalty kick. It would be Avalon’s only goal of the game.
Despite a pre-game injury, Brown hustled throughout the game and helped the Black Knights on several rallies late in the game.
Avalon played banged up throughout the game, as key juniors Biaggio Vignola, defender Matthew Tobin and striker Brendan Sloan played through tough injuries also.
Also, the Black Knights went into the game without their star player Sebastian Galardi, who broke his leg in the regular season matchup with Calverton.
Still, the Black Knights went into the game with high hopes. Defender Biagio Vignola said before the game, “If we play hard and stay focused, we will come out with the W.”
Unfortunately, Calverton proved too strong on offense scoring on a pair of cross passes which the Avalon defense couldn’t stop.
Additionally, Calverton controlled mid field throughout most of the game, and kept pressure on the Black Knights defensive side of the field.
“Our defense could’ve done better pushing the ball back to their side of the field,” said Avalon goal keeper Mateo Zapata.
After the game, the Calverton coach congratulated Avalon on a good match, and said they were a hard team to defeat.