It took longer than they wanted, but in the end the Tigers got the result they needed.
Undermanned and without the guidance of head coach Rafael Martinez, the Marshalltown Community College men's soccer team (6-3-1, 4-2) rallied for a 3-2 triumph over Indian Hills Community College (2-8-3, 1-5) in overtime at home Tuesday.
"The guys that were here did an excellent job. We had quite a few opportunities and could have scored quite a few more goals, but at the end of the day our guys played with heart," said assistant coach Creighton Jenness, who took over the helm for Martinez - serving a one-game suspension for a red card sustained in Saturday's 2-0 loss to NJCCA No. 7 ranked Iowa Central Community College on the road.
T-R PHOTO BY TYLER STRAND
The Tigers’ Ralph Duopu avoids a slide tackle while advancing the ball past a pair of Warriors Tuesday. MCC was playing without four regulars and head coach Rafael Martinez, who were serving one-game suspensions from Saturday’s loss at Iowa Central.
Struggling to cash in on numerous scoring chances throughout the match, the Tigers wasted little time in the extra period as Ignacio Bello scored the golden goal on an assist from Joao De Olivera e Silva just 54 seconds in.
The Tigers were playing without the services of Alfredo Piedra, Josh Illum, Alex Salvador Galvan and Bruno Liozzi - the team leader in total points and assists - who each earned red cards and single-game suspensions Saturday.
Lacking some of their more experienced players, MCC played a slightly less possession-oriented match, but stuck to their game plan for the most part.
"There wasn't as much possession, but at the end of the day it's a team. The team played well and finished on the best note that you can - we got the result," said Jenness.
Despite dominating the Warriors in total shots (19-5) and corner kicks (9-2), MCC never led until Bello's deciding goal. IHCC's Andy Hardine put the Tigers in an early hole sneaking one into the net just six minutes in. Bello answered for MCC in the 20th minute on a pass from Andrew Valett to knot the score.
The Warriors reclaimed the lead at 2-1 on a penalty kick from Brady Anderson in the 65th minute. Anderson was tackled in the box by Tigers' goalkeeper Juan Castrejon, who challenged on the scoring opportunity but failed to draw ball earning a yellow card and setting up the penalty kick.
Javier Lopez provided the equalizer in the 60th minute on Valett's second assist of the match. Both teams threatened with a couple shots off the post late, but 90 minutes wasn't enough to decide the outcome.
Getting one final pep talk from Jenness, the Tigers played with an added sense of urgency in overtime.
"We needed to get the win for our team. We said that we were going to play with our hearts," said Bello.
Along with Castrejon, Lopez and Marcus Boehler also received yellow cards for MCC, while the Warriors' Rogerio Manes was also written up.
Back at full strength, the Tigers hit the road against Scott Community College (2-7-0, 0-5) Saturday at 3 p.m. MCC won the previous meeting 4-0 at home Sept. 4.