With the score tied 3-3 after 80 minutes of regulation time and 10 minutes of overtime, the penalty kick phase of the contest would ultimately determine the winner.
Madison senior Adam Day scored the winning goal from the 12-yard spot to give the Rams a 4-3 win in first round action of the Ohio Cardinal Conference Tournament on Tuesday evening at the Malabar Soccer Complex. With the win, Madison improves its record to 8-5-1 (4-4 in the OCC) and advances in the winner’s bracket to face either Ashland or West Holmes later this week.
The first 80 minutes of play on the field was a tale of two teams. Mansfield Senior dominated the first half and Madison the second.
The Tygers got on the board first at 13:54 when sophomore Rylin Pitt scored from six yards off the goal-line cross and assist of Colton Henderson to give Senior High a 1-0 advantage.
“We seemed to have our way during the first half, but Madison set us on our heels the second half,” said Mansfield coach Todd Hoovler, whose team out-shot the Rams 24-18. “Hopefully, we’ll get to see them again in the state tournament in a few weeks.”
Less than eight minutes later, the Tyger’s senior midfielder Hutch Blackstone rocketed an unassisted goal from 30 yards out past the reach of Ram’s keeper Jordan McKinney (12 total saves) to give Senior High a 2-0 lead at halftime.
“Even though we were down two-nil at the half, our guys wouldn’t give in,” said Madison coach Tim Lord. “Our first two goals in the second half gave us confidence and momentum.”
At the 43:37 mark Madison senior Kane Pennywitt received the ball at mid-stripe from Day. Pennywitt dribbled through Mansfield’s defensive third on a break away and shot the goal past the arms of the Tyger’s senior keeper Sam Miller (eight saves in the match) to pull within one, 2-1.
At the 57:00 point in the game, Pennywitt again found the back of the net on a score from the goal box line to tie the match 2-2.
Following two subsequent fouls in the penalty box on both teams in the final 12 minutes of regulation time, the Ram’s Bryan Taylor and Mansfield’s Jordan Yost both capitalized on the penalty kicks to deadlock the score 3-3.
Following a scoreless 10 minute golden goal overtime, the kicks from the mark phase saw the Rams successful on four attempts, including Day’s final go-ahead goal, while Mansfield capitalized on two attempts.
Note: During the shootout series, Senior High goalkeeper Sam Miller was injured. Hutch Blackstone filled in as the Tyger’s keeper.