Whenever a soccer team holds a 17-5 advantage in shots on goal over its opponent, you would expect them to come away with a victory.
That did not happen to Lee-Davis Monday night.
Their inability to strike while dominating the field of play, coupled with a controversial penalty kick call, resulted in a three-goal comeback by homestanding Douglas Freeman as the Rebels downed the Confederates 3-1.
Keeping his players’ heads in the game after such an occurrence falls to head coach Brian Ellwood. As frustrating as it was, coaches know to use these situations to prepare for the future.
“The kids will learn from this,” Ellwood said. “When we watch this film, we’ll see we had possession 85 percent of the match. We’ll work on creating opportunities in these situations.”
The Confederates, after an evenly played first 20 minutes, tilted the field in their favor in the next 20, attacking Douglas Freeman constantly, but never able to cash in. This included a shot by midfielder Ryan Sheets when Rebels goalie Gabe Hauari was out of position. The shot was blocked when Nicholas Grandpre used his body to keep the ball out of the net.
Lee-Davis continued the pressure at the outset of the second half, finally cashing in when a shot off the crossbar was sent into goal by Carter Thompson for a 1-0 lead. But Freeman stormed back, ending the constant attack by the Confederates, evening the game five minutes later on a goal by Connor Fair.
Moments later, the momentum-changer came. A foul was called on the Confederates paving the way for Scott Collins to break the tie on the penalty kick. It was 2-1. The call, and the comeback, caused Lee-Davis to back-pedal through the middle of the second half. It would take the final goal, by Tucker Lawrence, to recharge their motor.
A desperate Confederate squad spent the final seven minutes on the attack, but unable to cut the lead. Senior midfielder Chase Talley, as the whistle blew to end the match, missed a chance at a breakaway on the left side, racing into the pole-vaulting landing area as time expired, frustration all over his face.
“They got a couple of lucky breaks,” Talley said. “And we didn’t finish. If we finish, we put the game away earlier.”
The team regrouped quickly, and held serve at home Tuesday night with a 3-1 victory over Glen Allen. Raymundo Macias Murillo scored the hat trick for the Confederates, now 2-2. It was a measure of satisfaction and redemption for a team that lost 3-1 and won 3-1 in 24 hours, and feel strongly their record should currently be 3-1.
Lee-Davis travels to Highland Springs Friday before hosting Henrico Tuesday.
In a county rivalry Tuesday night, Hanover upended Atlee 1-0. The Hawks’ lone goal, scored by junior Michael Carlson early in the first half, held up as goalie Adam Farnsworth had six saves for Hanover, now 2-0. The Raiders uncharacteristically fell to 0-3 on the season.
The Hawks hosted Henrico Wednesday (after presstime), then travel to new Conference 20 opponent Caroline Friday. The Raiders must go to Glen Allen Friday for a 7 p.m. match.