Boys soccer: SWC beats Trojans in overtime thriller
WORTHINGTON — Only 4:28 remained in the second half when Clayton Huisken scored to erase a 2-1 Worthington Trojans lead. Then with 3:07 remaining in the second overtime, Cole Vis took control of a loose ball in front of the WHS net to kick in the game-winner.
The Southwest Christian Eagles, who lost 2-0 to Worthington in the two teams’ first varsity boys soccer meeting this year at Edgerton, came from behind to beat the Trojans at Trojan Field Tuesday night, 3-2, on Parents’ Night.
Vis, a senior, battling the WHS defense directly in front of the goal, shook off a defender and sharply stuck the ball in the back of the net.
“The defense just had a bad kick, and I just slid it to the side and shot it, I guess,” said Vis. “That’s actually my first goal this year.”
It was a big one. Furious attempts by the Trojans to score in the final three minutes of the second overtime were turned back by the stubborn Eagles defenders, and the game was over.
“We were ready. We knew this was a big game,” Vis said.
Southwest Christian head coach Jon Top said Vis didn’t even play soccer last year. But he’s glad he came to play in 2013 — and on Tuesday night in the renewal of a great rivalry.
“We’ve moved him around a little bit. He’s got two good feet. He can play with his left and with his right,” said Top, who at various times this year played Vis at left middle, at striker and at center.
“Thankfully, he found himself in the right place tonight,” said the happy Southwest coach.
The Eagles lost their first five games this season but have gone 4-1 since. Top credited that 2-0 loss to Worthington as a turning point for his team. Ever since that game, he said Tuesday, the Eagles have played better.
Worthington head coach Smitty Ektnitphong knew Southwest would come prepared to play.
“I told you before,” he explained to a reporter moments after the game ended, “when these teams meet, the records don’t mean anything. It’s just the magnitude of the game itself.”
Southwest Christian scored the game’s first goal with 30:56 showing on the first half clock. It was scored by junior forward Luke Nibbelink on an assist from Silas Top, and it came after a corner kick to the front of the Worthington net.
Much time passed before Worthington answered, with 2:19 left before the half. Senior forward Ivan Vargas got the goal with a header after a prior close-in shot was deflected to him. Jesus Ordaz and Rogelio Gutierrez Jr. were credited with assists.
Twenty-three minutes and 20 seconds remained in the second half when the Trojans took the lead on a beautifully-arched attempt by Ordaz from about 25 feet to the left of the Southwest goal into the right corner.
Nearly 20 more minutes evaporated before Huisken and the Eagles tied the score at 2-2.
The first of two five-minute overtimes went by uneventfully. The second ended with a raucous Southwest Christian celebration.
As fans lined up near the Worthington section of sideline to meet the Trojans, Ektnitphong said his players played well, but they still need work at “finishing.”
He also took a moment to congratulate his rivals. “We got the momentum. At the end, we lost the momentum and Southwest took it. You gotta give Southwest Christian credit. I think they beat us to the ball the last 20 minutes.”
SWC 1 1 0 1 — 3
WHS 1 1 0 0 — 2