Derrick Parker PDT Sports Contributor
South Webster- It was a pleasant Thursday evening. South Webster goal keeper Trevor Coriell managed to save what would have been the game winning shot with 15 seconds left in double overtime. He kicked the ball back in the field and time expired a short time later. Jeep and Mohawk fans alike were on the edge of their seat. The game had gone scoreless in regulation and two overtime periods, spanning two days because of a darkness delay Wednesday night at the 10:14 mark in the second overtime. It was time for a shootout.
Northwest sent junior Simone Mattioli first. Trevor Coriell managed to catch his attempt in the air. Next, South Webster sent Junior Shane Zimmerman, who had been stifled all night, up to kick. For the first time all game the ball found the net, putting the Jeeps in the lead 1-0. The Mohawks answered right back, though, as senior Caleb Mills tied it up 1-1. Four misses came in a row, coming from the Jeep’s Juniors Alek Blevins and senior Kahler Rockwell, and Mohawk’s seniors Ben Howard and Billy Murphy. With Jeep junior Matthew Shonkwiler up, the screams of the Webster faithfuls could be heard as he found the net. With Webster up 2-1, Northwest had to score for a chance to lengthen the game. Senior Dylan Amburgey ignored the pressure and put the ball in the net for a 2-2 tie.
One Jeep was left. Goal keeper Trevor Coriell would kick, either extending the game or deciding it.
The kick was good. South Webster won a hard fought game, and advanced to play Wheelersburg in the District Semi-Finals. “I thought about letting freshman Dallas Copas kick fifth,” Jeep Coach Corey Claxon joked. “I think it turned out alright in the end.”
The game featured tenacious defensive play, great goal keeping and very little offense. The two teams gave their best for two days and over 110 minutes of play. Despite the disappointing loss, Northwest had nothing but the best sportsmanship to show the Jeeps after the game.
“We played hard from the whistle,” Northwest Coach Josh Keeney said. “It ended up being double overtime with a shootout, so the kids gave everything they had and I’m proud of them. The seniors are very dedicated. For the past four years we’ve been practicing and playing together. They pretty much built this program for me. I’d just like to thank them all.”
Northwest seniors include Dylan Amburgey, Skylar Shaffer, Ben Howard, Caleb Mills, Billy Murphy, Fabian Dehart, Vince Shirey, and Drew Long. The Mohawks went 10-3 in the regular season and earned a No. 3 seed in the Division-III Southeast District Tournament.
“I really think Northwest played their hearts out,” said South Webster head coach Corey Claxon. “We didn’t realize it was going to be that intense of a game. We knew they were a good team, but, they stepped up and so did we. It was a good battle between two teams. When it comes to a shootout you never know what is going to happen. We are thankful it came out our way. Trevor made the final shot and two big saves in the shootout. I’m so proud of this team. We only have two seniors and here we are.”
South Webster goes to Athens Saturday to play a match up against the Wheelersburg Pirates in the District Semi-Finals. “We’ve played them twice this season, I’d rather it come out like the second round when we won 3-0,” Claxon joked. “We are going to come out and play them hard. We are going to play our game.”
Game time is at 4:00 PM Saturday at Athens High School.
Northwest: Caleb Mills, Dylan Amburgey
South Webster: Shane Zimmerman, Matthew Shonkwiler, Trevor Coriell