Chieftains win in 2OT on Senior Night
The seniors of Tonganoxie High's boys soccer team won't soon forget the program's 2011 Senior Night.
The Chieftains won, 1-0, in double overtime Thursday against Bishop Ward in their regular-season home finale.
Neither team had scored through the first 98 minutes on a windy afternoon but with 1:41 left in the second overtime period, THS finally broke through.
The ball was served into the box from the right side and was deflected before senior Joseph Parrino jumped in and sent the ball into the back of the net to win the match.
The wind was blowing hard from the east, Tonganoxie coach Brian Kroll said, and when the offense was headed into the gusts it didn't bode well.
Still, the coach said it wasn't the wind that made it hard for either team to score.
"I think the reason nobody scored, honestly, was because our defense is just solid, and
their defense got a good touch and just pounded it when they kicked it," he said.
The Chieftains (8-6-1) benefited from their defense throughout the victory, the coach said, noting goalkeeper Keaton Truesdell rarely got challenged by Ward.
"He was solid," Kroll said of the junior keeper. "He got a shutout."
The second-year THS coach said two of the team's senior captains stood out in the thrilling Senior Night win. Kroll said both Matt Briggs and Marcus Titterington played multiple positions and helped the Chieftains earn their third double overtime victory of the season.
"Briggs played forward, midfield and defense and he was absolutely lights out," the coach said.
"Of course, Marcus was a huge standout," he added. "Marcus was insane."
To come out on top in such a tight game was critical for THS, especially with the postseason just around the corner.
"At this point, every win or every loss is critical in a regional seeding," Kroll said.
Tonganoxie closes its regular season on Thursday at Leavenworth.