MACEDONIA: Copley senior defender Holden Torrens doesn’t get many scoring opportunities.
He made sure to put away his chance Wednesday following a corner kick, and his goal lifted Copley to a 1-0 victory over Avon in a Division I boys soccer regional semifinal at Nordonia High School.
Torrens’ goal, which came in the 59th minute, was his first of the season.
“I don’t get as many opportunities to get a goal, but I should have more goals than this though,” Torrens said. “I don’t always go up on the corner kicks. Just recently I started to go up for more corner kicks.”
Copley (19-0-1) will play Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (12-6-2) in a regional final at noon Saturday at Sandusky Perkins High School. Anthony Wayne beat Perrysburg 1-0 Wednesday. Avon concludes its season at 17-1-2.
Junior Chris Brennan took the corner kick that led to Torrens goal. Senior Skye Harter took Brennan’s boot and fired an initial shot, which was saved by Avon freshman goalkeeper Dylan Morris. Torrens gained possession of the deflection and fired a shot.
“It felt awesome to score,” said Torrens, a 6-foot-3 and 195-pound third-year starter.
“It is amazing that my first goal this season came in the regional semifinal and takes us to the regional final.”
The Indians are ranked No. 1 in the Division I state coaches poll and No. 5 in the national coaches poll.
“I’m not going to say that I called it yesterday, but I absolutely told Holden yesterday that he would score the first goal because he has just been so good and he is just such a big body in the back post [of corner kicks],” Copley coach David Antal said.
“He crashes towards the goal and we have been working really hard with him and his particular run because we think we can utilize it.”
Copley senior goalkeeper Ameer Mubarak posted a shutout with assistance from defenders Kyle Boles and Jared Davis, both juniors, and seniors Gary Maselli and Torrens.
Indians defensive midfielders sophomore Vinny Worner and senior Joey Schulte were also effective, as were Brennan, senior Franklin Kirui, Skye Harter and sophomore Christian Harter.
“It was nice to finally go at them,” Antal said. “I think they had the run of play for the first 15 to 20 minutes. I thought they were fantastic and I thought a lot of their guys played well in the middle. We took awhile to take control, but we did. We had several corner kicks in the second half and one was destined to go in.”
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