GIRLS AND BOYS SOCCER BRING HOME THE 37TH DISTRICT TITLES AFTER BOTH TEAMS KNOCK OFF CAMPBELL COUNTY IN THE FINALS
Bishop Brossart invaded the Campbell County campus on a rainy Thursday night. Our volleyball, girls soccer and boys soccer teams all competed against the Camels for nearly 5 straight hours. The Lady ‘Stangs looked to avenge the regular season 3-2 loss to the Lady Camels back on September 13th.
With rain falling for most of the game, field conditions were not exactly favorable for either team. Although both teams had their chances in the first 40 minutes, the score remained 0-0 at the half. Fast forward 15 minutes into the second half, and Junior Zoey Woosely sent a perfectly placed pass to Senior Kiersten Key, who found the back of the net…putting the Mustangs up 1-0. Seventy seconds later, the Lady Camels made a costly mistake by tripping Freshman Hadley Eviston in the box. This set up a penalty kick, taken by Senior Avery Schaeffer. Schaeffer lined up her PK attempt, took a few stutter steps, and sent the ball into the left upper 90 of the net…putting the Mustangs up 2-0. Four minutes later, Senior Abby Lloyd sent a corner kick into the box that was defended by the Camels, but it found the feet of Senior Avery Schaeffer once again, and her shot went past the keeper…putting the Mustangs up 3-0. With just 4 seconds to go, Freshman Larah Callahan found a loose ball on the 12 yard line. Callahan trapped it, took a dribble to her left and fired a shot into the bottom right corner…putting the Mustangs up 4-0. Great game girls!
Hoping to build upon the momentum from the Lady ‘Stangs win, the Mustangs walked onto the pitch under similar weather & field conditions. They, too, had hopes of turning the tables on a 2-1 regular season loss to the Camels back on September 12th. The Mustangs’ intensity and physical play was much more on par with what fans and coaches have come to expect from this team.
Twelve minutes into the game, and after multiple defensive stops, the Camels fired a shot that ricocheted off of a Mustang and slipped passed Cooney. The Mustangs would counter ten minutes later when Junior Alex Runge sent a pass into the box, finding Senior Brennen Callahan. Callahan gained possession and found Senior Tyler Smith crashing toward the goal. Smith’s goal tied things up at 1-1.
With 13 minutes left in the first half, the Mustangs were called for an unlucky handball in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. The Camels were able to find the back of the net, putting them up 2-1. This would also be the score at halftime.
With the score still at 2-1, fifteen minutes into the second half, Junior Alex Runge was issued his second yellow card of the game (resulting in a red card). The Mustangs were forced to play with one less player for the remainder of the game. Our boys accepted this challenge and shifted formation to accommodate.
Moments later, the Camels were called for a foul at the 50 yard line, setting up a free kick taken by Sophomore Max Runge. Runge’s kick found Senior Brennen Callahan on the 11 yard line and his shot found the chest of a Camels defender…and then the back of the net, knotting the game at 2-2. This would be the score at the end of full time, setting up two 5 minute sessions of extra time and the golden goal rule.
Although both teams had golden goal chances, neither team was unable to score in the 10 extra minutes and sent the game to penalty kicks. Both teams walked back onto the field with their selected five and the keepers near the goal.
- Senior Brennen Callahan drilled the Mustangs’ first attempt into the lower left side of the net.
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- Senior keeper, Michael Cooney, would stop the Camels’ first attempt by Senior Noah Rittinger.
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- Senior Landon Guidugli tried to find the upper 90 on his attempt, but the shot sailed over the goal.
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- Sophomore Carols Marquez’s shot was deflected by Cooney, but found the back of the net.
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- Junior Austin Twehues sent his attempt right down the middle and passed the Camels keeper.
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- Senior Caden Rose sunk his attempt.
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- Senior Tyler Smith’s stutter-step worked as he added another for the Mustangs.
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- Senior keeper, Michael Cooney, would stop the Camels’ fourth (and ultimately LAST) attempt by Senior Tate Glass.
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- Junior Luke Alwell’s sprinting PK shot sealed the deal.
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Senior keeper, Michael Cooney, made some unbelievable saves throughout this game, several that were full-extension stops. The Camels keeper, Brycen Faulkner, also made some amazing stops in regulation and extra time.