The Chanute Blue Comet Soccer team traveled to Towanda to play the Circle High School Thunderbirds. These two teams are so evenly matched that the game went into overtime with the score at 2-2. Two minutes into the overtime, the Thunderbirds scored a sudden death, game winning, goal that most would say was on a lucky bounce.
Including Chanute coach, Adam Wilcox who after the game said, “The kid had a not great shot, that took a super lucky bounce for him that most of the time, Chandler [Finuf] is saving those.”
Despite, the 0-0 score for most of the half, both sides were lighting up on offense, but no one could get past the goalkeepers. Until, with two minutes left before halftime, Chanute’s star, Jacob Adams was able to find the net. Putting Chanute up 1-0 after the half.
Over the next 34 minutes, Circle would score 2 unanswered goals, coming from Gage Storm and Brayden Ketley. Then in the 77th minute Vittorio Kwek brought the ball down the field. Circle goalkeeper, Ben Chaplin came up to challenge the ball but Kwek easily got around Chaplin and helped the ball into the back of the net. After regulation the score was standing at Chanute 2, Circle 2.
In the overtime period, Circle came out hot and was able to get the ball down the field, and with a little luck from the left sidebar of the opposing goal and an odd bounce, the ball got past Finuf.
“We really need to figure out how to link passes together and keep possession. Chandler has a little bit of work to do he sets back a little bit too long and he’ll let balls come to him instead of attacking them, I think that comes with confidence and playing more. That last goal, if he would have come out on it he may have got it instead of letting it go off the bar.” Coach Wilcox on what went wrong in Thursday’s game.