Perhaps with a bit of irony, the Augusta boys soccer team had mixed feelings after its match against Ark City Thursday.
Both the Orioles and Bulldogs played flatly all of regulation. It wasn’t until overtime before Mason Hiser scored the only goal of the match near the end of the second overtime to lift the Orioles to a 1-0 win.
“We told Mason all game, to make that run across the defense to receive the ball, and he did it,” Rowland said.
Hiser made a great play to receive a pass from Rob Winzer
“I saw Rob getting ready to pass it, and I took off,” Hiser said. “...I saw the goalie come out, and I kind of toyed with him and backed out of the goalie box so he touched it with his hands, it would’ve been hand ball.”
He said after he launched the shot, he didn’t think it was going in until the last second when it curved in.
There have been matches the Orioles have lost when they’ve played better than Thursday’s win. All in all, though, the Orioles had several scoring chances to blow out Ark City as the offense did have stretches of domination. The only problem was they didn’t connect enough passes, particularly perfectly placed crosses when no one was in the right spot to receive them.
“If we finished half the goals, we would have 10-0ed them easily,” Hiser said.
The few times an Oriole was in the right spot, shots would either get booted over the net or unluckily hit the crossbar or sidebar, which happened a couple times during one first-half sequence.
“We weren’t crashing the goal. Part of that is we put too much pressure on ourselves. When we did have scoring opportunities, we were trying to hammer it over the top,” Rowland said.
Defensively, Davyd Ledgerwood filled in for the injured Patrick White. He and Caleb Strack played well in the back, Nick Young, who said he likes playing his new position at front defense, thought the defense played well after an initial Ark City push.
“We started off a little slow, but as the game went on, we gained a little momentum,” Young said.
“We really came together, especially after missing P-White, Patrick White,” Nate Kroeker said. “...We switched some people around and made an impact, did some things good.”