By Micah McVicker Flyer correspondent
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — PLAINFIELD — Avon junior forward Jordan Kleyn was visibly frustrated in the 32nd minute of Saturday’s Westside Classic championship match with Ben Davis after he could not put his shot on frame.
Kleyn quickly redeemed himself as he assisted on Avon’s first goal in the 38th minute and scored the Orioles’ second goal of the match two minutes later as Ben Davis surrendered two scores in the final three minutes of the first half.
The Giants could not rally, and Avon won, 3-0.
Ben Davis Coach Andrew Rolinson said that second goal was demoralizing to his team.
“I think the second goal took a huge impact,” he said. “It took a lot of wind out. Our boys are tired. We had a hard-fought match this morning with Covenant Christian. Fatigue set in. We sat back instead of trying to take it to them.”
Rolinson added that his Giants controlled the game for the first 20 minutes, but they didn’t convert good opportunities.
Kleyn’s speed set up Avon’s first goal as he outraced Ben Davis senior Luis Flores to a loose ball in Avon’s attacking third. Giants goalkeeper Jenson Kemple committed to Kleyn, and his pass across the face of goal found teammate Quinton Bridegroom, who buried the shot.
Avon coach Phil Schmidt praised Kleyn’s selflessness.
“Jordan made a really nice play there,” Schmidt said. “The greatest thing about Jordan is [he’s] a great team player. He’s a very talented kid. Yeah, his speed his electric, but he’s really a great teammate.”
Kleyn scored with less than a minute ago on Avon’s seventh corner kick. Standing about 10 yards from goal at the near post, Orioles midfielder Michael Russello sent the ball into the air toward the back post. Kleyn won the ball and his header doubled the Orioles’ lead.
Avon took 10 corner kicks to the Giants’ two, giving the Orioles a definitive advantage in attempts on goal.
In the second half, Ben Davis struggled to mount an organized attack. The Giants attempted eight shots, but never seriously challenged Avon keeper Tyler Shanahan. The sophomore saved four shots and earned a shutout.
Kleyn, meanwhile, added his second goal in the 51st minute for a 3-0 lead.
“He had a nice game tonight, with two goals and the assist,” Schmidt said.
Rolinson, meanwhile, said his team’s mental mistakes contributed to Kleyn’s success. The Giants’ defenders gave Kleyn too much space.
“Avon’s a quality program,” Rolinson said, citing the Orioles’ No. 4 ranking. “We hung with them for 20 minutes till we ran out of gas. As the season builds, we’re going to improve on this.”