Like Kleyn, Avon’s Noah Zorniger showed the marks of a physical battle, and said the Orioles had plenty to be proud of.
“It’s an achievement,” Zorniger said of Avon’s 20-1-1 season. “We’d never been here before and we’re the first team to do it. We’re so close as a team. They’re like my family.”
Bay Kurtz broke through for Crown Point with 13 minutes left in the first half, when he worked through multiple defenders at the top of the box and ripped a shot by Avon goalkeeper Tyler Shanahan.
Off a free kick by Quinton Bridegroom one minute before halftime, Taylor Kleyn headed in a deflection to tie it.
Trevor Semakula fed Jonathan Kopp for a one-on-one shot 12 minutes into the second half, but Kopp’s shot to the top of the frame was deflected by Crown Point keeper Connor Keaveney.
Avon’s passing was crisp over the final 54 minutes, but the Orioles couldn’t find the angles to get anything in goal.
“It was a great season, and this is the best team I’ve ever been around,” Kopp said. “We’re all friends on and off the field. It’s not the way we wanted to end it, but I have no regrets.”
After the contest, Kopp was presented with the 2A Boys Mental Attitude Award.
“It’s a great honor. I didn’t think I was going to get it,” Kopp said. “I was really shocked, and it helps brighten the day, even though we lost.”
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