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Avon edges Columbus North 3-2 in boys soccer semistate
October 27, 2013Columbus North High School
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Senior Quinton Bridegroom scored two goals Saturday (Oct. 26), including the game-winner in the 70th minute, lifting the second-ranked Avon boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over No. 1 Columbus North in the semifinals of the Class 2A Evansville Semistate.
Senior Riley Belding countered with a goal and an assist for Columbus North, but it was not enough as the defending state champion Bull Dogs closed their season at 19-1-1.
Avon (21-0-1) advanced to the semistate final later Saturday against No. 3 Evansville Memorial (17-1-5), a 2-1 winner in overtime over co-No. 10 Center Grove (16-4-1).
Things looked good early for Columbus North when Belding scored in the 12th minute off a feed from junior Brayton Thornburg. However, the Orioles recovered for the equalizer when Bridegroom bounced a shot through a group of players in the 18th minute for a 1-1 tie at the half.
Avon took a 2-1 edge when Jonathan Kopp converted a cross in the 52nd minute.
The Bull Dogs pulled even in the 65th minute when senior Andre Abedian drove a header past Orioles sophomore Tyler Shanahan. The play began with a Belding free kick from about 22 yards out on the right side, Abedian finishing from about 6 yards out on the left side of the goal.
Bridegroom tallied again in the 70th minute, converting on a play where junior Jordan Kleyn entered the ball from the wing and Kopp one-touched it to an open Bridegroom. He found the net for his 14th goal of the season.
Columbus North had a strong chance in the 75th minute when senior Ethan Smith put a header on goal. Shanahan, however, was there for the save and the Bull Dogs never got another good opportunity the rest of the way.
Belding notched his sixth goal of the season, while Abedian tallied his eighth. Thornburg's assist was his fourth, while Belding's assist was his 14th.
Columbus North ......... 1 1 -- 2
Avon ............................. 1 2 -- 3
CN -- Riley Belding (Brayton Thornburg), 12th minute
A -- Quinton Bridegroom (unassisted), 18th minute
A -- Jonathan Kopp (assist unavailable), 52nd minute
CN -- Andre Abedian (Riley Belding), 65th minute
A -- Quinton Bridegroom (Jonathan Kopp, Jordan Kleyn), 70th minute