It seems every time Teurlings and Beau Chene boys’ soccer teams face each other, the match tends to always end up being a classic.
That certainly proved to be the case once again, as the Rebels defeated the Gators in a shootout on Monday after the score remain tied following overtime at 1-1 to win the Division II District 5 championship.
“It feels good,” Rebels head coach J.B. Brunet said. “Winning the district title is something that we have talked about and it is definitely something we wanted to do. Anytime you can win the district championship it is a great accomplishment. It’s always a good feeling.”
The Rebels won the shootout 4-2 as they received goals from Daniel Roy, Jacob Cunningham, Cameron Domingue and Blake Kidder.
“Our goalkeeper Brant Gerard is unbelievable,” Brunet said. “We were very confident that we were going to win going into the shootout and you have to be going into that situation. If you aren’t confident going out there, then you might as well not go up.”
Beau Chene head coach Chad Vidrine was disappointed in the end result of the match, as he believed the stellar effort turned in by his Gators was more than deserving of a win.
“It’s a cruel game,” Vidrine said. “It’s horrible to lose a match like this because our players played their tails off. It was one of the more complete efforts we have had this year. This type of effort will get us far in the playoffs.”
Cunningham gave the Rebels an early 1-0 lead in the fifth minute, a goal that didn’t sit too well with Vidrine.
“I felt like we executed our game plan with the exception of that first goal in the first five minutes of the match by Jacob,” Vidrine said. “That wasn’t part of the game plan. We fell asleep and let Jacob dribble across the inbox and put one in. Jacob is one of the best midfielders in the state and that one goal put us behind the eight ball.”
But the Gators responded in the 16th minute with a goal of their own as they took advantage of a penalty kick after the Rebels were called for a handball in the box. Brock Hollier scored the goal to tie the game 1-1 and that’s where the contest remained for the remainder of regulation and overtime.
“We had opportunities, but we just couldn’t get the ball to go in the net,” Vidrine said. “We didn’t finish. I think we had 11 shots on target to six for them.”
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