Dutchmen best Indians in extras

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
PHOTO BY MATT HEINRICHS SLP-O's Zach Birkland battles an MOC-FV defender on his way to the goal.

For the second time in less than a week -- and the third time this season -- the Spirit Lake Park-Okoboji boys soccer team needed overtime to determine a victor. Unfortunately, Monday's match with MOC-Floyd Valley ended quite differently than the Indians' thrilling win over Storm Lake, as they fell to the Dutchmen 4-3 on an overtime score.

"We played really well, I think, and are even making the right adjustments throughout the game," SLP-O coach Royce Van Roekel said. "We merely need to cut down on our mistakes. It is a game of mistakes and who will overcome them. If we continue to improve and cut down on our mistakes, we will continue to be a threat to the best teams in the state by the end of the year."

The Indians went up early on a goal by Zach Birkland off an assist by Ben Meyer, who slipped the pass past the MOC-FV goalkeeper, making for a chip-shot for his teammate.

PHOTO BY MATT HEINRICHS Ben Meyer leaps high for a header against the Dutchmen on Monday.

The celebration was short-lived, however, as a penalty by SLP-O gave the Dutchmen an easy score in sloppy conditions to knot the game at 1-1.

MOC-FV tacked on another goal late in the first half to carry a 2-1 lead into halftime.

Entering the second half with his team down one, Meyer knotted the score once again with an early goal, but the Indians failed to mark MOC-FV's Stefan Kinsinger who slipped a goal past SLP-O's Jordan Steinle to regain a 3-2 lead.

Time ticked away, as the Indians found it increasingly difficult to claw their way back into the contest. But, with under 3 minutes left to play, Birkland connected on his second goal of the contest to tie it up again and eventually send it into overtime.

Unfortunately, in extras, the Indians mishandled a ball in the backfield and Steinle slipped on the damp playing surface as MOC-FV found the back of the net 4 minutes into the extra period to earn the win.

The loss was the fifth of the year for the Indians, who move to 4-5 overall.

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