South Stokes downed Bishop McGuinness in the late-game for a 2-1 win on Wednesday night. The score was tied up 1-1 near the start of the second half, but the Sauras prevailed with a late-game goal that allowed the team to walk away with the win.
Both teams battled for possession of the ball in the opening minutes of the game. South’s goalie, Daniel Vasquez, blocked two shots around to 23:00-minute marker, which kept Bishop from grabbing an early lead.
Saura forward Hunter Rothrock weeded through defenders halfway through the first and drove the ball into the goal - bringing the score to 1-0.
The Villains had some close shots on the goal in the final minutes of the first, but the Saura defense worked hard to keep the ball clear of danger.
At the start of the second half, Bishop continued to pressure the ball, just like the first half, when the team maintained possession of the ball.
About halfway through the second half, Bishop found their mark and drove the ball into goal to tie the game up 1-1.
With the game tied up, the battle for the ball and the win intensified in the last twenty minutes. South’s possession and defense of the ball shined in the final moments of the game. Although the team was noticeably tired, Mario Fischer and Rothrock continued to put pressure on the goal.
At the 15:45-minute marker, Rothrock broke free of defenders and sent in a shot that went just shy of the goal.
As the clock ticked down, it still looked like anyone’s game.
But, with a little over five minutes left to play, Fischer pushed hard down the field and then turned and chipped the ball across to Rothrock, who was waiting in the crowded 18-yard box to head the ball in for the team’s second goal of the game. The final play on the goal allowed the Sauras to edge by with a 2-1 win for the evening.
Sauras Coach Danny Bowman said that his team played a little “panicky” in the first half, but his players began to settle down and possess the ball better in the second half. Bowman said that it was heart and the desire to not give up that allowed his team to win the day. Bowman was especially pleased with Rothrock’s and Fischer’s drive in the final moments of the game.
“They have that heart, they don’t give up until that final buzzer goes off,” Bowman said. “Everyone on the field did that.”