Early intensity between both squads set the tone and an early foul by an Avon defender in the box set up the Bulldogs’ first score. Brownsburg’s Jack Griffith slid a penalty shot under Avon goalkeeper Tyler Beam for a 1-0 lead.
Avon’s Lorenzo Aquilar took the first yellow of the night soon after the score and Schmidt set him down for the remainder of the game.
“Our two guys that had yellows, I did not put them back in because I did not want to risk getting anyone sent off,” Schmidt said. “That is a risk you take.”
Avon answered to tie the match just over five minutes after the penalty kick as Sam Camp displayed some fancy footwork and ball control around three Brownsburg defenders in tight to the goal before putting his shot past Brownsburg goalkeeper Patrick Holden.
Two minutes later, the Orioles were awarded a penalty kick -- the second of the game -- and Camp put the Orioles up 2-1, swinging any early momentum the Bulldogs had taken.
With just over 12 minutes left in the half, Brownsburg senior Geno James was given a yellow card that would come back to haunt the Bulldogs later.
Before the end of the half, the Bulldogs’ Troy Hale and Griffith were also given yellow cards. Between those two calls, Avon’s Noah Zorniger booted in another penalty kick and the Orioles led 3-1 heading into the break.
At the half, 23 fouls had been called, three yellows awarded and three penalty kicks taken.
Brownsburg struck first in the second half as a perfect cross from James found a jumping Griffith’s foot and sailed past Beam just six minutes into the half. The Bulldogs had again shifted the momentum into their favor and after a yellow was awarded to Avon’s Bryce Cirbo, Brownsburg almost tied the match on the ensuing free kick attempt by Daniel Johnson.