Warriors capture OT thriller (with photos)
SCOTIA When Nick McBride lofted a free kick into the Scotia-Glenville penalty area in the second overtime of Saturday’s Class A boys’ quarterfinal, he was looking to make something happen.
What happened was, seconds later, his Mohonasen teammates were celebrating a 1-0 win, while the Tartans were leaving their home field stunned.
“I was trying to put it on the top of the six [six-yard box], hoping to get it on someone’s head,” said McBride.
The free kick disappeared into a group of black and white shirts before glancing off a Scotia defender and into the net.
The win was the fourth in five years for the Mighty Warriors over the Tartans in what has become an annual matchup at this stage of the tournament.
The winner has gone on to take the Class A championship the past four years.
“I remember my freshman year on this same field, we won on penalty kicks,” said Mohonasen senior Attilio Tebano. “This feels even better. Your senior year, you want to go as far as you can.”
Defending Class A champ Mohonasen came in as the 10th seed due to its 4-11-1 record in the Suburban Council, where the Mighty Warriors are one of just three Class A schools and play “AA” teams all season.
“We weren’t heavily favored coming into the tournament, but we knew we had a chance,” said Tebano. “We play in a tough league all year, where we’re tested every day.”
Both defenses held up well Saturday, particularly Mohonasen’s against Scotia’s front three of Eric Denny, Dennis Turner and Country Moran.
“Defensively, I thought they played us well,” said Scotia coach Chris Bailey, whose second-seeded Foothills Council co-champs finished 14-2-1. “It’s a single-elimination tournament, and you’re putting yourself at risk when you don’t score.”
“I thought we were going to penalty kicks,” said Mohonasen coach Cory Gregg. “I just thought neither defense would break.
“Their defense didn’t break. It was just a good ball played in, some pushing and shoving, and the ball went in.”
Bailey was also preparing for the penalty-kick round that would have determined which team would move on, had the goal not been scored.
“I had my list [of five shooters] ready for penalty kicks,” he said. “I had it in my pocket, took it out and started looking at it, and as soon as I looked up, the ball went into the back of our net.
“This one stings the most, because I thought we had the upper hand, especially in overtime. I figured it would be a matter of time before we put one in. But it just never happened.”
“It just matters who gets a bounce here and who doesn’t. We got a bounce in overtime,” said Gregg.
Mohonasen moves into a Tuesday 5 p.m. semifinal against Troy at Johnstown, as it shoots for another title.
“When I started here, we lost games we should have won. Now, we win games we should have lost,” Gregg said. “It’s about how you go about things on the field. We look at sectionals as a second season, where we have the advantage of playing in the Suburban Council.”