North Henderson boys soccer falls in overtime to T.C. Roberson in cold rain

Dean Hensley
| Hendersonville Instances-Information

ASHEVILLE — Rain was pouring from the opening kick, and it was brutally chilly on Monday night time for the massive boys soccer showdown between unbeaten groups North Henderson and T.C. Roberson at L. Man Ensley Stadium.

Regardless of the horrible situations, each groups placed on fairly a present for individuals who braved the climate, and the highly-contested match’s consequence wasn’t determined till there was just below a few minutes left within the second extra time. TCR’s Aiden Browning did a kick that bounced excessive within the field and simply out of attain of North goalkeeper Edgar Soto with 1:46 left, giving the Rams (6-Zero-1) the thrilling 1-Zero win.

As the ultimate horn sounded, the TCR gamers from the bench rushed onto the sector, and all of the group celebrated because the rain began to subside. On the guests aspect, the temper was a lot completely different.

Though everybody was able to get in and out of the climate, one after the other, the gamers got here as much as Soto and both patted him on the again or gave him a hug. He simply stored wanting again on the North objective and shaking his head after ending the night time with 9 saves.

“It is unhappy, not getting the win. We wished it so unhealthy,” he mentioned after North fell to 6-1 and slipped to second place within the Western Mountain Athletic Convention. “But it surely nonetheless feels nice to have the ability to compete with the highest groups now. I am pleased with each one among our gamers tonight.”

Though the match ended with a scoreless tie on the finish of regulation, each offenses had been always attacking the objective. Soto made a number of match-saving saves, together with a diving save within the first extra time and a sliding save with just below three minutes to go within the second extra time.

North was shut to creating historical past for the third time this season. The Knights earned defeats over Asheville and A.C. Reynolds for the primary time ever this yr, and so they had been near getting a win over Roberson for the primary time.

It has been fairly a flip round from a group that went winless simply 4 years in the past. However the group has had a gradual climb to its success, and TCR coach Josh Martin mentioned his group knew North can be stable this yr.

“I am unable to say sufficient in regards to the group we performed tonight,” Martin mentioned. “We have been in huge video games within the state playoffs and massive video games with Reynolds and Asheville via the years, and that group there belongs within the dialog each time. And that recreation tonight belongs in the perfect video games we have seen up right here.”

After the match ended, North coach Ricardo Hernandez was shivering and his glasses had been fogged over as he was speaking along with his gamers.

“The fellows did what we advised them to. They possessed the ball and made huge performs,” he mentioned. “The climate did not assist us, after all, however the guys did nice. It is simply tough, as a result of the blokes carried out … it simply got here down to 1 kick within the final couple of minutes of the match.”

Martin mentioned when two nice opponents meet, it often comes down to 1 or two issues to find out the winner.

“Once you play an important opponent like North, and we really feel like we’re an important opponent, too, more often than not it is going to come all the way down to a sliver right here and there,” he mentioned. “There isn’t any group that may go away hanging their heads. I used to be resigned to a draw, to be honest, however we discovered a approach. I am pleased with my guys, however once more, I am unable to say sufficient about North Henderson.”

Up subsequent for North is a house match in opposition to Erwin on Wednesday. Roberson’s subsequent opponent can also be Erwin on Thursday at Roberson.

The Rams gained the opening JV match by a remaining of Three-Zero.

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