• 61°

Prep Soccer: Hornets have to fight for third-round win

More Photos

more photos

By Mike London

mike.london@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — It had the tension of a regional final, but all a 3-2 overtime win against Monroe’s Central Academy of Technology & Arts (CATA) meant was that Salisbury’s soccer team had survived Thursday’s third round.
“We’re only at the halfway point in the (2A) playoffs, but that probably was the toughest team we’ve faced all year,” relieved Salisbury scoring machine Landon Goodman said. “We kept our heads. We played strong.”
Goodman scored two goals, including a remarkable, sliding — and deciding — goal at Ludwig Stadium with 5:37 left in the second 10-minute overtime period.
“He only had about a 3-foot area to work with to put that one in the back of the net,” Salisbury coach Matt Parrish said. “But the big players show up in the biggest games.”
Goodman’s goals were his 63rd and 64th, the fifth-highest season total in state history. He has 111 career goals.
The winning goal came on a smart assist by Melvin Bonilla.
Just 15 seconds after Salisbury keeper Arturo Ramirez had been forced to make a save, Goodman pushed the ball to Bonilla on his left. Bonilla instinctively tapped the ball right back to Goodman, a quick give-and-go exchange that gave Goodman, who draws fierce defensive attention, an opportunity.
He cashed it in against a goalkeeper (Brandon Melchor) Parrish said was, by far, the best Salisbury has been up against. Melchor denied Goodman, Matt Washko and Andrew Kalogeromitros on several occasions.
“I was thinking Melvin was going to go himself,” Goodman said. “But then he gave me that great return pass. It was in the back of my mind that we really wanted it to end this in that second overtime. We didn’t want to go to a golden goal.”
It was scoreless for 21 minutes. The Hornets broke through on a set piece. Joshua Lynch, who leads top-seeded Salisbury (24-0-2) in assists, sent the ball ahead to Goodman in space 30 yards from the goal. Lynch’s kick traveled 20 yards in the air, but it was so precise, it was like he’d handed the ball to Goodman.
“Great pass, and I was just able to out-run them and put it top corner, rear post,” Goodman said. “I had a doughnut the first time we played CATA, so that one felt good.”
Salisbury’s 1-0 lead lasted two minutes. After a handball call and a penalty kick, it was 1-1.
Nine minutes into the second half, the Hornets seized a 2-1 lead on an individual effort by All-State defender Cristian Uribe. Lynch made a throw-in from the right side that led to the goal.
“I headed the throw-in and the ball was deflected, but then it came right back to me right of the goal,” Uribe said. “I scored bottom left.”
CATA responded five minutes later. Ramirez got caught on a “tweener,” when he charged out aggressively, and CATA chipped in a tying goal over his head.
“With the exception of two lapses, we played a solid match, but they leveled things twice immediately after we scored,” Parrish said. “When we played CATA a few weeks ago (Salisbury won 2-1), I told their coach (Jay Niessner) I hoped we wouldn’t see him in the playoffs, but I expected that we would. We were prepared to go back-and-forth for 80 minutes with them, but then it turned out to be back-and-forth for 100.”
In the first overtime, Ramirez got an arm up to deflect a CATA shot inches over the crossbar.
Goodman had a great chance to win it, but his point-blank blast stayed low with 7:30 on the clock, and Melchor gobbled it up.
Kalogeromitros watched a shot sail a bit high with 5:43 remaining.
Tension and apprehension were building, but then Bonilla and Goodman made it happen for the Hornets in the second overtime.
“Having played them before was an advantage, but it also was a disadvantage,” Uribe said. “We knew what they could do, but they also knew a lot about us. Very tough match, but we got the win. That’s what matters. Now it’s on to the next round.”
It was an emotional win that ended with Kalogeromitros booting the ball skyward and Hornets punching the air.
Ninth-seeded CATA (15-8-4) ended Salisbury’s string of five straight shutouts. No one had scored against the Hornets since CATA’s 2-1 loss at Ludwig Stadium on Oct. 22.
Next for the Hornets is another home game on Saturday — against 13th-seeded Hendersonville. Game time will be announced on Friday.

Comments

Local

‘Meet the need’: Rowan County Health Department looks to add to vaccination options

Local

Seaford is first woman in county hired for town manager position since the ’90s

Local

Colonial Spring Frolic makes a comeback to kick off museum’s year

Local

Concord City Council wants to name bridge for fallen officer, Rowan native

Education

RSS administration will recommend selling Faith Elementary property to charter school

Business

Inspired by advice from father-in-law, Angela Mills launches her own business in memory of him

Local

Rowan County Democrats re-elect leaders, pass resolutions

Local

Baseball: Memories come alive in Ferebee book

Local

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, professionals reflect on detecting abuse in a virtual world

Business

Biz Roundup: Small Business Center announces spring slate of workshop for business owners

Clubs

Kiwanis Pancake Festival starts Friday

Local

Rowan fire marshal seeks to clear up confusion, worry caused by solicitation letter

Education

Fun every day: Fifth anniversary for Yadkin Path Montessori School

Nation/World

Charles: Royal family ‘deeply grateful’ for support for Philip

News

North Carolina sites to resume J&J vaccines after CDC review

News

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Playoff time means get ready for ‘big-boy football’

High School

High school football: Hornets overpower South to secure playoff spot

Crime

Jeffrey MacDonald won’t be released despite deteriorating health

Business

Amazon warehouse workers reject union in Alabama

Nation/World

Ex-NFL player’s brain to be probed for trauma-related harm after Rock Hill shootings

Education

Duke University to require COVID vaccinations for fall term

Education

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Record night for Pinckney as East cruises; Carson wins thriller in OT