Late score leads to ouster for Colonel Richard­son

Times-Record - - News - By DAVID INSLEY dins­

POCOMOKE CITY — Fans and par­tic­i­pants will cer­tainly re­mem­ber a lot of rel­e­vant num­bers from Tues­day’s Class 1A East Re­gion boys’ soc­cer cham­pi­onship.

Many will re­call 18 — the num­ber of cor­ner kicks by the home­s­tand­ing War­riors — none of which led di­rectly to a goal.

The fi­nal score of 2-1 in over­time, fa­vor­ing Pocomoke, thanks to Noah Schoolfield’s sud­den-death goal in the 85th minute, will also stand out.

And then there’s 8.8 — the num­ber of sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion when Colonel Richard­son lost its 1-0 lead. With that mere pit­tance re­main­ing, War­rior ju­nior for­ward Noah Brit­ting­ham tapped in a re­bound to tie the game and force over­time.

“That [8.8] sec­onds, I tell ya, good­ness,” said Colonel head coach Brett Ire­land, whose team came that close to its first-ever state tour­na­ment berth. “They’ll al­ways re­mem­ber that . ... But some­thing else they need to re­mem­ber is just how hard we played ‘em.

“When we were here three weeks ago, they kind of took it to us,” Ire­land said. “They beat us 5-0, con­vinc­ingly, they beat us . ... And for the guys to come back in here and play like this, I can’t be any­thing but proud.”

Colonel (7-7-1) weath­ered 18 cor­ner kicks, pre­vent­ing a score on all of them. De­spite be­ing out­shot 13-4 in the first half, the vis­it­ing Sec­tion I champs took a 1-0 lead in the game’s 16th minute.

As a free kick by Ni­cholas Roop sailed in from about 35 yards out, Dy­lan Wilson set- tled the ball and shot from just a few feet out. Fresh­man Pocomoke keeper Ethan Peter­son (six saves) made an ini­tial stop, but the ball bounced off his hands. Wilson found the net on his sec­ond try to make it 1-0.

In the fi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion, Pocomoke flooded the box with al­most ev­ery­one but Peter­son, and un­loaded five shots. The fifth, by Brit­ting­ham, came off his own miss a moment ear­lier, and skipped just past Mangum, ty­ing the game 1-1 with 8.8 sec­onds left.

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