A goal in the final three minutes resulted in a 1-1 tie between Episcopal School of Acadiana and North Vermilion at Clark Field on Saturday afternoon.
ESA (14-0-6) controlled the game and held a 1-0 advantage for the majority of the game until North Vermilion (13-2-2) was awarded a penalty kick with three minutes left to go, and North Vermilion’s Seth Patin converted the attempt.
“We played down to a level that we never played,” North Vermilion coach Mark Patin said. “We had to fight to recover where we should have been in the beginning. We can’t wait until the second half to play the game we know how to play.”
The game was scoreless until the 26th minute when ESA’s Tolson Frantzen shook loose from a Patriot defender to score.
“Our defender swiped at the ball, and their player (Frantzen) had a free possession of the ball and he capitalized on it,” Patin said. “We committed on the play, and it came back to slap us in the face.”
In the 43rd minute, ESA had an opportunity for a free kick, by North Vermilion keeper Bryce Gaspard was able to make a save to keep the game at a 1-0 deficit for the Patriots.
Throughout the second half, the Patriots earned more shots on the goal and handled the ball in Falcon territory for majority of the half. But they were unable to turn those chances into points.
“In the second half, we pressured them in their feet,” Patin said. “If we are not in their feet, they are going to make passes that we won’t stop.
“The last 10 or 20 minutes of the game, we came through. That’s how we should have been playing since the start.”
The foul that resulted in the penalty kick for the Patriots enraged ESA head coach John Brunet, who did not agree with the call.
“It was disappointing,” Brunet said. “We just have to get back to work on Monday.”
Both teams will play again Wednesday night, with ESA hosting Erath and North Vermilion hosting St.Louis.