By: Jared Hines
ORONO– On a windy September afternoon, Monticello boys and girls soccer teams made the trip to Orono High School for a doubleheader vs. the Spartans. Neither team are strangers to Pesonen Stadium, with many memorable games being played between Monticello and Orono on the boys and girls side in the last few years. The boys took the field first, looking to get back to .500 on the season.
The boys fell behind two minutes into the game but weren’t behind for long as Jacob Keller knotted it back up with 33:04 left in the first half. It was the fourth goal of the season for Keller, a team high. The two teams continued an even back and forth battle for the majority of the half before Spartans senior Reece Clifford was able to get one past Magic goalie Reese Crawford. The Spartans took the one-goal lead into halftime.
Monticello didn’t wait long in the second half to tie it back up. With just over 35 minutes left in the game, Brendan Fee took a corner kick and send it at the net. The ball cleared the zone, with Riley Geyen-Helget sending it back in towards the net. Brady Wright was there waiting, heading it into the net past the Spartans goaltender.
The two teams continued to battle hard with each team getting multiple scoring chances in the second half. Orono put the ball in the back of the net with 7:32 remaining but the goal was disallowed due to goalie interference.
Overtime seemed inevitable between the two teams as the Spartans announcer started getting ready to countdown the last seconds of the game. In the meantime, Keller flew down the field with the ball, sliding his second goal of the game past the Spartans goaltender with just 14.9 left to play. The last-minute heroics gave the Magic the win and awarded the team its second win of the season.
The Magic (2-2) play its second of three consecutive road games when the boys travel to Chisago Lakes on Thursday for a battle against the Wildcats.
Good luck boys and great win!