Antioch’s boys soccer team was just nine minutes from keeping its undefeated season alive Tuesday, but two late goals gave visiting Overton a 2-1 comeback win.
“It’s very tough, but I think we will remain strong and come back to it,” Antioch coach Salih Mayi said. “Maybe we just need to prepare for this game more.”
Antioch (6-1, 2-1 12-AAA) went ahead 1-0 in the 18th minute when Cristian Gomez found the bottom right of the net on a perfect throw-in from Luiz Cruz. That score would hold for more than 50 minutes, despite a couple of good chances for Overton (4-2-1, 2-0-1).
The best of those chances to tie came less than five minutes into the second half when senior Thang Toe hit the crossbar on a penalty kick.
While the penalty kick missed, it was a sign of an increased second-half attack for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats’ offensive pressure finally paid dividends when junior Moses Ngai Shing fielded a ball at the top of the box, turned and tied the game on a shot in the 71st minute.
Overton maintained the pressure and four minutes later Toe found sophomore Jose Armando in the box for the game-winner.
“He chipped it over, I just waited for it to hit my left foot and I smacked it in,” Armando said.
Antioch had five set piece chances to score in the final two minutes, but the Overton defense managed to keep them all out of the net.
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