AVON — After his team’s semifinal sectional matchup with Avon Wednesday night, Brownsburg boys’ soccer coach Todd Frost shrugged his shoulders and said “I have never seen a game like it.”
Both teams played extremely hard and displayed the typical good sportsmanship and mutual respect that has become the hallmark of this rivalry.
But the game between the two top teams in the county was marred by stoppages of play and a litany of fouls that certainly affected the outcome.
The contest featured 34 fouls, eight yellow cards and four penalty kicks over the course of the game, large numbers for any soccer match.
However, the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs took the brunt of the calls with 26 fouls and six yellow cards in their 5-2 loss to the No. 16-rated Orioles.
According to Avon coach Phil Schmidt, the difference in the contest came down to the Orioles modifying their style of play to suit the game and capitalizing on the situations presented.
“I’ll say that I’m proud of how my guys adjusted the way they played,” he said. “I thought our guys adjusted to the way the referee was calling the game. We kept our composure throughout the night and I thought that was a big key for us.
“We’ve worked hard on playing physical without fouling; not leaving our feet and keeping our arms down. I thought that was a big key to the game tonight with the game being called so close. We played hard and played smart.”
Schmidt also credited the Bullodgs on playing a great game despite the difficult circumstances both teams endured.
"I thought our guys really played hard and played together in what amounted to kind of a weird game that lacked much flow," he said. " We knew it would be a tough game. Brownsburg has an excellent team and coach Frost should be proud of his guys and there season. I'm sure it was tough for them given such difficult circumstances."