By Carey Phillips
Taylor Zorbrich scored in overtime lifting North Henderson to a 2-1 Mountain Seven Conference soccer victory over Smoky Mountain on Sept. 15 at Carr Hooper Stadium/Babe Howell Field.
The goal came 6:13 into the first OT period. It was on a free kick from 25 yards out following a foul.
“We had 10 guys either banged up, out with COVID, just having returned from COVID or out due to injury,” Coach Stephen Brown said. “I don’t want moral victories, but I hope this will give us confidence knowing we took one of the top teams in the conference to double overtime. We had some guys who stepped up and played well.”
The Mustangs (7-2, 1-1) led most of the game. They went up 1-0 at the 7:06 mark on Josh Handy’s goal with an assist from Erick Flores.
“It was a great development on a counter attack,” Brown said. “Erick was able to get the ball on the right flank and play it across to Josh, who buried it to the far post.”
That’s how it stayed until the Knights tied the game with less than five minutes to go in regulation. Ezekiel Riddle had the goal at the 75:12 mark.
“It was a miscleared ball,” Brown said. “Riddle was able to get it at his feet and score from about 8 yards.”
North doubled SM’s shot total 28-14. Carson Seagraves made eight saves for the Mustangs, and Nathan Porter had two. Edgar Soto had seven saves for the Knights.
“Over half of our shots came in overtime,” Brown said. “They could possess the ball very well. It was a battle for sure.”
The Mustang JVs are 4-2 after a 1-0 win. Eduin Maldonado scored the goal.
The team took 11 shots. Mathias Saunooke made three saves.
“I am excited to see the growth in this team as they continue to work on their communication and aggression on the ball,” Coach Abby Buenting said.