MOUNT VERNON — Coaches don’t often admit that a team can win a moral victory. But Tuesday’s boys soccer match between Mount Vernon and New Albany proved that it can happen.
The Eagles came to Yellow Jacket Stadium looking to clinch a share of the Ohio Capital Conference title. They did so, but not without being taken to the limit.
The Mount Vernon defense played arguably its best match all season as the Yellow Jackets lost to New Albany, 1-0, on Senior Night.
“I know it stinks to lose on Senior Night,” said Mount Vernon head coach Scott Dapprich. “But, if you look at what (New Albany) has done, they’ve had a lot of multiple-goal games. Our kids played well.”
New Albany scored its lone goal in the 19th minute on a throw-in from sophomore Brian Woo. Senior Alex Zbinovec jumped and headed the pass, catching Mount Vernon goalkeeper Kyle Dunnavant off guard.
Beyond the goal, however, Dunnavant had an excellent day in goal. The junior collected six saves and disrupted at least four other shots with timely catches.
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