H.S. BOYS SOCCER: Southern Columbia falls in overtime
ALMEDIA - Losing in district playoffs is tough under any circumstances. It's doubly so when you get beat in overtime, on an own goal.
That's what happened to Southern Columbia Wednesday in its District 4 Class A game against Heartland Conference rival Benton. Officially, Benton's Robert Rose was credited with the goal with 4:46 left in the first overtime period, but the ball went off a Southern player following a Benton corner kick, giving Benton a 2-1 win. Benton, the seventh seed, will move ahead to play Wellsboro, a 4-1 winner over Bishop Neumann, in the next round.
Southern (9-9), the 10th seed, scored first when Jacob Trathen scored from a corner kick by Seth Joseph at the 19:03 mark, and actually had the best
of things statistically in the first half, with a 6-2 shot advantage and all four of the Tigers' corners. But those statistics went for naught when Benton's Ben Pasukinis took a center pass from Chase Brooker and found Southern goalie Tyler Tomaschik at the other end of the goal to tie the game.
Then Benton slipped into a little higher gear in the second half. Those Tigers had three really good shots, two just over the crossbar, in the first 10 minutes of the second and Pasukinis had two good attempts in the first five minutes of the 15-minute overtime, with Tomaschik making a good save on a direct kick on the latter.
Trathen had a strong shot for Southern at the 9-minute mark in the overtime and Benton's pressure, which resulted in a 10-3 advantage in shots and a 4-0 edge in corners after halftime, eventually caught up with Southern.
"Our kids played very hard," Southern coach Dave Hall said. "I think our seniors really wanted this game. They were really looking forward to it. Every time we play against Benton it'a a very competitive game. I thought we adjusted to the (artificial) turf better than I expected being a grass team. We played here in the regular season but it was a bit slicker tonight.
"It was a real good game, and it just didn't go our way."
Southern 1 0 0 - 1
Benton 1 0 1 - 2