The No. 4-seeded Two Rivers boys soccer team could have given up five minutes into Tuesday’s WIAA Boys State Soccer Tournament Division 2 regional final game against visiting No. 5-seeded Plymouth.
The Panthers got the game’s first score at the five-minute mark and looked poised to take control early against a Raiders squad they had beaten once during the regular season.
But Two Rivers fought back, with Cameron Greene tying the game on an assist from Tyler Shallow in the 71st minute to send it into overtime. Then, with less than three minutes left in double overtime, Greene scored the game-winner on a penalty kick after being pushed by three Plymouth defenders.
“They just got frustrated and pushed him,” Two Rivers coach David Anschutz said. “It was an awesome battle for both teams. The nice thing is it was such a respectful end that both teams shook hands and hugged each other. They knew it was such a well-played game by both sides.”
Trailing at halftime, Anschutz said his players never panicked and knew things would eventually swing their way.
“(At halftime) the guys were pumped, focused and I just told them not to panic and that we needed to play our game and stay in control,” Anschutz said.
With five minutes remaining and the game tied 1-1, Two Rivers goalie Erik Wiegand was forced to make a save on a fast-approaching forward’s shot that Anschutz credited with getting his team the momentum — which they used the rest of the way.
“I told my guys that they had just seen a miracle stop and that it was a sign we would win that game,” Anschutz said. “I just don’t know how he made that stop. I knew we were going to win with a stop like that. (Wiegand) had so many (good saves) all night. I still can’t believe he got to the ground that fast to stop that goal.”
Wiegand made 20 saves in the game while Two Rivers tallied seven shots.
“It was quite the defensive game. It was an amazing battle,” Anschutz said. “It was just a beautiful regional game.”
Two Rivers (15-7-1) will be at No. 1 Green Bay Notre Dame (18-5-2) on Thursday.