CUYAHOGA FALLS: Revere senior striker Amanda Gallo fully expects to play Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy again in the district tournament.
That was the prevailing sentiment after the visiting Minutemen and the Royals played to a 1-1 draw Monday night in a thrilling girls soccer match.
The sectional-district brackets are put together Sunday.
Trailing 1-0, Revere equalized with 19:22 left in the game when senior midfielder Maddie Holvey blasted home a shot from 40 yards out. It caught CVCA goalkeeper Lauren Lichty by surprise and slid under the cross bar.
“It picked up our spirits,” said Gallo, now receiving some Division I recruiting interest. “We were like, ‘Yeah, we’ve got this.’ ”
What ensued from that point until the final tick on the clock had every bit the feel of a district championship game.
“All of the momentum switched to their side,” CVCA coach Bob Adamov said. “So, to be able to hold on, I was happy to come out with a tie.”
Revere (8-2-2) was relentless in sustaining its attack, and kept Lichty under siege.
“If we had played with that intensity through the whole game, and no disrespect to CVCA, but I think we would have won,” Revere coach Dave Howson said. “I’m not going to complain, especially going a goal down.”
A shot from freshman Audrey Harding glanced off the crossbar.
A shot from Gallo deflected off the post.
“It was difficult for CVCA to break out of their half,” Howson said. “Most of the action the last 20 minutes was down at their goal, and maybe we have to work at finishing in practice, but I was very pleased with our effort and attitude.”
With less than eight minutes play, five straight corner kicks during a four-minute stretch, kept CVCA flailing to clear the ball.
“We outshot them by a lot,” Gallo said. “But, we couldn’t finish.”
Adamov was especially proud of Lichty’s performance, given she is an emergency substitute with the team’s first two keepers injured.
“She came up to me and said, ‘I’ll do whatever it takes for the team,’ ” Adamov said.
Lichty, a top reserve field player, had virtually no goalkeeping experience when she volunteered to fill the void.
“I played [goalie] a little bit in pee wee league, but that really doesn’t count,” she said.
The Royals (8-3-1) scored at 7:10 of the first half when senior center midfielder Katherine Kouzelos slipped a pass ahead to sophomore wing Kim VanBuskirk, who scored from a tough, right-to-left angle by getting the ball inside the back post.
“Katherine’s been our offensive catalyst for the last two or three years,” Adamov said.
With perennial state power Walsh Jesuit moving up to Division I, the Division II bracket is going to be wide open. CVCA and Revere are pegged among the contenders.
Asked if she thought she’d see Revere again, Kouzelos said, “Yes, definitely. And it’s going to be a really good game.”
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