A-D-M senior boys soccer star Gage Fuller highlighted an aggressively played contest against Gilbert Tuesday night with an overtime thrilling goal that earned the Tigers an exciting victory.
The contest was quite aggressive in nature and included an injury and a rare red card.
It was really a tale of two halves for the hometown Tigers who were outdone by visiting Gilbert throughout most of the first 40 minutes of play. Gilbert took advantage of their time around the A-D-M goal in the 16th minute of action and fired the opening salvo for a 1-0 lead. Gilbert maintained strong ball possession to yield a 1-0 advantage over A-D-M at the intermission break.
The second half of the contest was practically a mirrored opposite for A-D-M who came out much stronger in the second half as noted by head coach Bill Shields.
“We were having to chase the game,” said Shields. “We didn’t have the same intensity as the opponents did in the first half but once we came out in the second half there was only one team that was going to win, it just took us longer than it should have.”
A-D-M stormed back late in the second half and had help from a huge momentum shifter in the 65th minute. The Gilbert goal keeper was given a red card and subsequently taken out of the game due to a collision outside of the goalie box with A-D-M’s Davis Barton.
Barton commented on how the play unfolded to him.
“I noticed I could out pace their center-back and then their keeper was coming up and I noticed he was starting to break down so I just took a touch to the right and he unfortunately stepped out and hit my leg,” said Barton.
Barton got his revenge with a deep shot from beyond the 15 yard line over an inexperienced replacement goalie to equalize the contest at 1-1 in the 71st minute. That goal marked the third of the season for Barton
After the game Barton reflected on the long ball goal.
“They had a new keeper in and Gordon told me to take shots outside,” began Barton. “When I won the ball in the middle I just played it over the top and luckily it dropped in over the top (of the goalie) and it felt really good.”
Regulation ended with the score all knotted up a 1-1 forcing an overtime contest. It was there that A-D-M’s very own Gage Fuller wasted no time in delivering the victorious blow less than two minutes into overtime. That came courtesy of a Dakota Kahler corner kick
After the game Fuller broke down the game winning action.
“To start I was actually making a front side run and I noticed it was getting over me,” began Fuller. “We only had three or four guys up there so I figured I’d just peel back and no one really went for the ball in the air so it kind of just bounced right to my foot and made it easy to punch it in there.”
It was a great win for A-D-M in a game where the Tigers witnessed their first sign of adversity for the 2018 campaign.
“It was definitely our first very hard challenge that we’ve faced (so far),” began Fuller. “It boosted our confidence a lot because not having faced a super great opponent yet we don’t really know what we can do with what we have. This sets a standard for where we need to be and that second half set the tone for how it needs to be the rest of the season I think.”
Those sentiments were easily shared by head coach Shields.
“This is the first time that they’ve had to deal with any kind of adversity, haven’t lost a goal in varsity until tonight,” stated Shields. “That should give them a good platform as moving forward’s concerned because we did step up to the plate.”
A large part of that success came courtesy of the senior group with Shields was very pleased with.
“Ethan and Gage in the back were really strong,” began Shields. “Showed a lot of determination and it kind of emanated from them I thought. Putting Davis (Barton) up front changed the game. Eli (Schwarzkopf) and Davis (Barton) up front and in the middle really helped change the game.”
Certainly a lot to take away from the hard fought contest as the Tigers now set their sights on their next match up. The next contest for A-D-M will send them into conference play for the first time this season, doing so in Huxley against the Ballard Bombers. The varsity contest is scheduled to take place at 7 pm.