SPRING HILL — Louisburg senior Treston Carlson scored one of the biggest goals of the season, including the game-winner in overtime against rival Spring Hill with the Frontier League title hanging in the balance.
After more than 76 minutes of scoreless soccer at Spring Hill District Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 13, the Spring Hill Broncos and Louisburg Wildcats scored within 62 seconds of each other, sending the game into overtime.
Spring Hill’s Hunter Williams drove past three defenders and laced a hard shot into the right corner for the first goal of the game with 3:05 left in regulation.
Carlson scored the equalizer on a ball sent in by Braden Yows.
Carlson ended the game with 2:25 left in the first 10-minute overtime period, sending the Louisburg Wildcats onto the field to celebrate a Frontier League championship.
Louisburg improved to 10-1 on the season and 7-0 in league play. Spring Hill fell to 10-2.
It was a gutsy performance from Spring Hill, who lost starting keeper Chezney Haney with a red card early in the contest.
The Broncos had to finish the game with 10 players and sent in junior varsity keeper Weston Whipkey. Whipkey played two halves of junior varsity soccer and the first half of the varsity game. National Federation Soccer rules stipulate a player can only play three halves of soccer. Spring Hill was forced to go to a third keeper, utilizing Brody Hill.
“They outworked us with 10 guys,” Louisburg coach Kyle Conley said. “We were fortunate to come away with a win.”
The Spring Hill Broncos left it all on the field, coach Eric Swartz said.
“I was very pleased with the way we played,” he said. “I thought, even with 10, we were in control of the possession. We had the possession and played hard on attack.”
The Spring Hill Broncos got a heck of an effort from Whipkey, who played a scoreless first half with some brilliant saves, coming out of the net and smothering the ball.
Hill was equally impressive, allowing one goal in the final minutes of regulation and the one goal in overtime.
It was an impressive stand by the Spring Hill trio that took a shutout into the 77th minute.
Louisburg keeper Mack Newell was up for the challenge, playing a solid 88 minutes, allowing just one goal. He made some big-time saves, even with bodies all around him in front of the goal.
Keen Knittel had a big clear for the Broncos with 11 minutes left in the first half.
Yows had a hard shot for the Wildcats and was denied by Whipkey with seven minutes on the clock.
Hill took over in net for the Broncos in the second half. He made several key saves. Hill was also impressive in overtime.