Brother Martin outscored Jesuit 4-3 on penalty kicks in overtime to break a 1-1 deadlock after regulation and overtime and remain undefeated in Division I, District 9 showdown Saturday afternoon.
The 2-1 contest was played at the E.A Farley Field on the Brother Martin campus. The game came down to the last penalty kick of the match. Mark Mangums kick landed in the right side of the net for the score and win.
“I went up there with a clear head, relaxed and knowing above all kick it hard,” said Mangum. “ I got it past their goalkeeper (Nick Tadros) for the score.”
Brother Martin (16-0, 6-0) managed to score late in regulation play to tie the game at 1. Cristian Canales got a steal and kicked the ball into center from about 20 feet out in the 72nd minute.
“I was determined to get a goal, because of the easy shot I missed earlier in the game,” Canales said.
In the 33rd minute, teammate Pierce Rubenstein passed to Canales whose header went just over the top of the net. Neither team threatened during the two 10-minute overtime periods.
The first half went back and forth, with a few shots on goal from each team, but none into net.
“That’s what happens when you have two good teams playing,” said Jesuit coach Hubie Collins.
“You got to hope for a break, as this was a tough loss.”
Jesuit (12-3-3, 6-2) scored in the 64th minute. Chase Rushing took a pass from Luke Hahn and kicked it into the center of the net from the center of the box.
“When we took the lead, we were really thinking we could hold them. But they (the Crusaders) battled hard the entire game,” Collins said.
Crusaders coach Stephen McAnespie said his team remained persistent.
“We played with a no-give-in attitude, being down early but fighting back like we did shows that we can overcome anything with the right frame of mind,” Crusaders coach Stephen McAnespie said. “I am very proud of our guys,
Both teams came into the game ranked high in the Louisiana Soccer Coaches Association poll, with Brother Martin ranked third and Jesuit sixth.
In the first matchup between the two, the Crusaders defeated the Blue Jays 2-1 at Jesuit.