Late score leads to ouster for Colonel Richardson
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.