The GHS boys’ soccer team knotted their season record at 1-1 Thursday night with a 3-2, (4-3) overtime shootout win over Stilwell at Ridgerunner stadium.
“Tonight’s result will really help with our confidence,” GHS Soccer Head Coach Sean Botts said.
With the score tied at two apiece at the end of regulation the teams formed up for a non-district game tiebreaker; the shootout.
Five players from each team lined up to take a turn at scoring a goal. Whichever team could score the most goals in the shootout would be awarded a point and the victory.
GHS got off to a good start when senior Justin Falley found the back of the net on his kick.
Ridgerunner goalie John Meggyes then blocked the first Stilwell kicker’s shot.
Grove missed their next attempt and Stillwell connected to even up the shootout score.
The next two GHS kickers, sophomore Andres Caratachea and junior Walker Botts scored goals as did their Stilwell counterparts.
Ridgerunner sophomore Kyle Earp connected on his shootout kick to put Grove up 4-3 in the frame.
The final Stilwell kicker had his shot tipped by Meggyes and the victory was secured.
Stilwell struck early scoring twice inside the first twenty minutes of the game.
Ridgerunner senior Sean Monroe scored a late first half goal off a header after receiving an in-bound corner kick from teammate Justin Falley.
“We had some silly mistakes in the first half that led to them (Stilwell) scoring on us,” Botts said. “We settled down in the second half and played really well.”
Grove tied the game up early in the second half off a goal from sophomore Dillon Boydston with an assist from Botts.
“Our defense has made some big improvements since our first game,” Botts said.
Meggyes ended the game with 12 saves.
“He came up with some big saves in the second half,” Botts said of the goalkeeper.
The Ridgerunners return to the pitch Tuesday when they host Westville at Ridgerunner Stadium. The Lady Red game is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. with the boys game to follow.