By Greg Perkins
The first time Holbrook faced Round Valley on the soccer field, the teams battled through two overtime sessions before finishing the match in a 3-3 tie. Apparently these two clubs are tremendously evenly matched, because in the second meeting, which came on Saturday in Holbrook, the two again fought their way to a tie, this time ending the match after two overtimes knotted at 4-4.
In the first half of the match Holbrook had more shot attempts, but Round Valley was more accurate on its tries and built a 3-0 lead.
“We had a number of opportunities where the team played well, but had negative touches in the box. The second half seemed like more of the same thing, at least for the first 17 minutes,” said Coach Dave Wright.
Theron Johns took a well placed cross from Alex Smith and found the back of the nets for Holbrook’s first score. Three minutes later Smith scored off a keeper error from Round Valley, trimming the Elks’ lead to just one goal. Just five minutes later Holbrook tied the match off the foot of Johns with his second goal. Throughout the final 15 minutes of regulation play both teams fought hard, but went scoreless, sending the match to the first of two 10-minute overtime sessions.
Round Valley beat Holbrook keeper Jimmie Saxton just 30 seconds into the overtime to take a one goal lead. Round Valley held that lead throughout the first overtime session and through the next nine minutes and 45 seconds of the second overtime and appeared headed for a win.
In the final seconds Holbrook was awarded a corner kick and Jon Marvin made the most of a deflected ball, heading it into the nets to tie the game at 4-4 with just five seconds left.
Carlos Quintana played the first half in goal and Saxton was the keeper for the second half plus the two overtime sessions. Both played well defensively. James Ramirez led the team on offense with six shot attempts. Johns and Smith each took four shots, while Marvin and Brandon Kester both had two attempts.
“I was proud of the team fighting back from a three-goal deficit and later from down one goal in the overtime sessions. It showed heart and character not to quit,” concluded Coach Wright.
By Greg Perkins