10 September 2013

Boys Soccer: Overtime work pays off

Blake Smith (file photo by J. Lindquist)
Blake Smith's 35-yard bomb in the second overtime found the net and with it the Tigers defeated Burnsville 3-2 Monday night at Tiger Stadium.

Smith's memorable goal ended a back and forth contest that saw Burnsville score early only to have Jared Wolt's goal (from Matt Dubois) knot the score with five minutes left before intermission.

"We could have gone either way after their first goal," coach Julian Buss said. "The leadership and resolve of this team prevailed and we kept fighting..."

Wolt's second goal of the night on an assist from Hunter Meyers midway through the second period put the home team ahead only to see the Blaze send the game into overtime with a score with five minutes to play in regulation.

"When they tied it up like that it was another situation where we could have lost steam," Buss said. "It didn't happen...These boys believe in themselves and each other. After they tied it up again, we outplayed our opponent. Blake's goal provided a great exclamation point."

Goaltender Jake Agnew played a major role in the win over the South Suburban Conference school, coming up with 13 saves to post his fourth win of the still-young season.

"It was good to beat a team from the the South Suburban because we will be going into that conference next year. This is the kind of game that can give us inspiration for next year when we make that move."

The win boosted the Tigers record to 4-2-1, all against non-conference competition. They open Missota Conference play Thursday with a home game against Northfield.