With every shot, Immaculata soccer’s home opener against Maur Hill-Mount Academy seem to be teetering on extinction.
After a thrilling opening 80 minutes of play, the two teams need an overtime period to decide a 3-3 score.
During the extra session, each club came within inches of claiming victory, yet, after pushing through an exhausting 100 minutes of soccer, the game ended in a draw.
“We started out pretty good, then sort of slacked off,” Imac coach Frank Mazeitis said. “A lot of first-time players got their opening day experiences today and overall, I thought they played well.”
The Raiders dominated play early, creating several scoring chances with shots from Nick Reckers and Mark Hernandez. Eventually, Hernandez diced through the Ravens defense to strike home Imac’s first goal of the season.
However, over the next 15 minutes, the Ravens recovered and began attacking Immaculata’s flanks. The aggression was rewarded with two quick strikes and a 2-1 advantage.
Back came Imac though as minutes later Hernandez, off a pass from Nick Reckers, dribbled through the defense and slammed home the game’s equalizer.
Unfortunately for the home team, the high-scoring half wasn’t just over yet and Maur-Hill added one more tally before half.
Down 3-2, Imac wasted little time jumping back into the contest. Ten minutes into the second, Hernandez struck home another shot to not only give himself a hat trick in his first every varsity match, but also the Raiders the equalizing goal.
Each team then had a handful of close calls to close out regulation and overtime, but neither could tap in the winner.
Immaculata, 0-0-1, will go for its first win of the season when it hosts Atchison today at 4:30 p.m.
“The young players found out how the older ones live today,” Mazeitis said. “We will see how they do tomorrow.”
Lions toppled by Timberwolves
The Lansing boys’ soccer team suffered its first defeat of 2012 Tuesday at the hands of Blue Valley Southwest.
After giving up two early goals, the Lions never could recover and lost 5-1.
“Our biggest problem was not winning the balls in the air,” Lansing coach Randy Brown said. “It is tough to win a game when you give the other team the ball most of the time.”
At half, the red and white trailed 2-0. Following another Southwest goal, Mason Ruff tallied the Lions lone score with a header off a Jimmy Bormolini throw-in.
BVSW added two goals after that though to close the match out.
Lansing, 1-1, will host Topeka Seaman next Tuesday at 6 p.m.
“Although we had our troubles, the defensive back line of AJ Martinez, Ryan Dillon, and Zane Riccio played well,” Brown said. “We have to continue to grow as a team as we face tougher competition.”
USM demolished by Benedictine in opener
Tuesday was not the way the University of Saint Mary women’s soccer team wanted to begin its season.
The Lady Spires allowed eight first half goals, six in the second half and fell 14-0 at Benedictine.
USM, 0-1, will travel to Central Christian today for a 4 p.m.