Defeats Avon 1-0 on second-half goal

Despite the Haldane boys’ soccer team having plenty of scoring opportunities in the first half, its Class C semifinal game against Avon at Goshen High School remained a scoreless tie at halftime.

But the Blue Devil pressure paid off with 23:19 left in the second half, when Clem Grossman got control of a ball at the top of the box and took a strong shot that was deflected. Grossman followed the ball toward the keeper and drove home the rebound for what turned out to be the game winner.

Clem Grossman
Clem Grossman after scoring the winning goal (Photo by S. Pearlman)

Haldane (17-2) is scheduled to take on Maple Hill (20-1-1), the Section II champ, at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 13) at Middletown High School for the Class C state title. (Beacon will play for the Class A title on the same field at 1 p.m.)

How to Watch the Game

Middletown High School is located at 24 Gardner Ave. Tickets must be purchased online in advance for $11.50 each. There are no cash sales at the gate and tickets must be displayed on phone, not printed. No bags are allowed in the stadium.

The game also will be broadcast online on the NFHS Network, which costs $11.99 per month to access.

The Braves got their best pressure of the game with about 20 minutes remaining, but the Haldane defense, including keeper Ronan Kiter, consistently denied scoring chances.

Avon came into the game 21-0 and had not given up a goal in its last 18 games. The last time the Braves were scored on was in the third game of the season, on Sept. 7.

“It’s just unbelievable,” said Coach Ahmed Dwidar. “That team hasn’t been scored on in a long time, so I told them, ‘Just put one in.’ Once we scored, we took control of the game. We had opportunities, and controlled the ball for a lot of the game. It’s just unbelievable, all the hard work, and they deserve it. Now we’ve got to finish the job, one more to go.”

Behind The Story

Type: News

News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

Pearlman, a native of Carmel, was the sports editor of the Putnam County Courier in Carmel for 14 years and for the North County News in Yorktown Heights for 13 years. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of expertise: Sports