Every minute counts in an athletic contest, but the last minute often means the most. The MS Soccer team felt the bite of the final minute in Wednesday’s match at Allendale. After second half breakdowns led to a 7-2 home defeat earlier in the year, the Eagle team was looking to respond with a complete team effort in the rematch.
Allendale opened the scoring with 19:18 remaining in the first half on a strong right footed boot from the corner of the box to the far post. Jaret Jaramillo returned the favor less than one minute later. His laser shot from 20 yards deep left the keeper flatfooted and helpless. Seven minutes later Jaramillo advanced the ball up the middle of field and again attacked from long range, this time with his left foot for a 2-1 Eagle lead.
The Eagle midfield led by Jaramillo, Elian Espinoza, and Samuel Freeland did a great job controlling the middle of the field for most of the first half; however with under three minutes left the Falcons struck again to tie the score, and then as time expired they found the net again. Oh, that final minute.
In the second half, the Eagles defense held off the Falcon attack and when Carlos Gomez finished a corner kick from Jaramillo with 4:50 remaining it looked like the team would escape with at least a tie. With the Eagles pressing on offense, the Falcons broke through the back line with 1:05 remaining for their fourth and the final goal of the game.
The Eagles season concludes on Friday with a 4:30 home match against Hopkins.