Although a district soccer match was played in Kearney tonight it looked more like a tennis match with the back and forth goal scoring summary…here goes…Junior Captain Andrew Hall converted a penalty to put the Wildcats up 1-0 after sophomore Daniel Gornell was brought down in the box mid way through the first half. It wasn’t 5 minutes gone and the lead was extinguished by a Lincoln free kick from top of the box that beat Sam Fedde just under the bar. 1-1 at half. With 11 minutes gone in the second half Lincoln went up on a crossing ball to the back door calmly finished with a volley into the net. Sophomore Kolby Fahner collected an Andrew Hall corner kick and leveled the game at 2-2 with 18 minutes to play. Then it was Sophomore Nate Bauermeister who muscled his way through the middle of the field and slipped past the keeper to put the Wildcats up 3-2 in what should’ve been the final goal of the game. However, sloppy defending gave Lincoln life after a baseline pass back across the box was slotted home to level the game with 8 minutes to play and a familiar face was in the room again this season – the late collapse. The teams headed to OT tied 3-3. The energy, pride & grit missing in previous collapses vanished in the first 3 miunutes of Overtime when Junior Captain Braedan Evans put the Cats up for good by chasing down a loose ball off a Bauermeister shot and from the top of the 18 calmly placed the ball chest high into the back of the net. In the second OT it was some nifty footwork by Bauermeister at the top of the box on the right side who then beat two defenders, cut onto his left foot in the middle of the 18 and buried the insurance goal for his second on the night. The possession and combination passing tonight was exceptional. The build-up was strong as well and the back line, anchored by Jackson McGowan, Jacob Mock, Riley Hackbart and Cameron Olson finished the game out. The Wildcats will have a rematch vs Kearney with a ticket to State on the line Thursday night back in Kearney. All to play for.
- 5 Millard West High School
- 3 Lincoln (High)
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