All afternoon Aug. 4 at North Stadium, a win appeared unlikely for Legacy soccer (3-0) after hitting the goal post five times. However, the bad luck didn’t discourage a tough-minded group from …
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All afternoon Aug. 4 at North Stadium, a win appeared unlikely for Legacy soccer (3-0) after hitting the goal post five times. However, the bad luck didn’t discourage a tough-minded group from giving in.
Lightning strikes quickly, and thanks to a couple of overdue breaks, the home team escaped with a double-overtime victory over Ralston Valley, 2-1.
The Mustangs (2-1) jumped out to an early lead in the first half thanks to excellent ball movement and controlled pace. But while playing catch-up, Legacy began dominating ball control and shot attempts to conclude the half. With plenty of close shots, the Lightning still couldn’t find the back of the net and trailed 1-0 at the break.
Unfortunately for Legacy, most of the second half looked similar to the first. The contest finally flipped with 46 seconds remaining after junior Hunter Hance drew a foul in the penalty box. On the penalty shot, senior captain Noah Stover converted beautifully to the lower right-hand side of the net to tie things up.
Next up: overtime.
Ralston Valley early on performed with plenty of energy, as they attempted to seize control after a couple of shot attempts. Legacy bounced right back to close the 10-minute frame with five shots on goal; three more than the Mustangs.
In the second overtime, both teams appeared extremely fatigued. Only three combined shots on goal in the first nine minutes of the period had the contest looking as if a draw was upcoming.
That’s when the aggressive forward Hance struck again, this time finishing with a goal of his own with 44 seconds left, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.
“I’m super proud of my team for playing with a lot of heart, sticking to a system, and not panicking,” Head Coach Anthony Romano said. “Very proud of our effort.”
In a game dominated throughout by Legacy, 28 shots resulted in just two passing Mustang senior goaltender Cooper Steputis. In Hance’s four shots, 25 percent accuracy is all he and the Lightning needed to stay unbeaten.
“The boys generated a lot of attack. We have to do a better job in not allowing certain opportunities, but again hats off to Ralston Valley. I’m sure they will win a lot of games this year.”
Other standouts for Legacy included junior forwards Colten Armstrong (five shots), Blake Hansen (three shots) and junior defensemen Jordan Swinhart, who never left the field the entire contest.
“Jordan’s been here at the varsity level for three years. He has a lot of versatility in his game and can play the right side, left side, midfield, and back. Brings a lot of energy and attack wherever he is on the field.”
Legacy looks for their fourth win in four tries Sept. 6 at Niwot while Ralston Valley hosts Fossil Ridge Sept. 7.
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