THE PROSPECT soccer boys lift Tyler Sinclair in celebration after the sophomore scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Sept. 26. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
September 30, 2013ALTON — As the clock ticked down on the first 10-minute overtime, it appeared the Prospect Mountain and Sanborn soccer boys were heading to a second overtime.
But the Timber Wolves had other ideas.
Alex Rayno sent a pass across the front of the goal and Tyler Sinclair, charging to the far post, fought through the Sanborn defense and was able to deflect the ball into the net with just 34 seconds to play in the first overtime, sending the Timber Wolves into celebration mode.
"We gave them their money's worth, both teams," Prospect coach Gary Noyes said after the hard-fought win.
The win capped off another good week for the Timber Wolves, who have gone undefeated since losing the opening game of the season to Gilford. The Timber Wolves and Gilford were in action again after deadline on Tuesday.
"Two more wins this week, so Gilford is a huge one for us," Noyes said.
Out of the gate, the two teams were matched fairly evenly, with Ken Gilbert just missing connections with Alex Rayno on one bid and the Sanborn keeper denying Rayno after a nice feed from Chris Whalen. Rayno also had a strong throw-in that the Timber Wolves weren't able to convert.
At the other end, Jake Towle held his ground in the Timber Wolf net, keeping the visitors off the board.
Rayno, Whalen and Gilbert continued the offensive pressure, with Gilbert just missing a pass from Nate Farnham for a scoring bid. Daniel Krivitsky also had as coring chance for the Timber Wolves and a corner kick was cleared out by Sanborn.
After some more solid play from the Prospect defense and another save by Towle, Rayno just missed connecting with Joey Cleary on a crossing play and David Troy headed the ball just wide of the net. Gilbert also had a shot stopped by the Sanborn keeper.
Gilbert had an indirect kick go high, while Krivitsky and Alex Bennett teamed up on an offensive chance, only to be denied by the Sanborn defense.
The visitors were able to snag a 1-0 lead with 6:10 to go in the first half, as Towle was able to leap and punch a throw-in out of the way, but the rebound found its way in front and was poked into the net for the 1-0 lead.
Krivitsky continued the offensive attack and got some help from Gilbert and Matt Hamilton, who headed a shot wide of the net. Joe Perry turned in a strong defensive effort before the half and the Timber Wolves went to the break trailing 1-0.
The Sanborn lead didn't last too long into that second half, as Gilbert sent Rayno in on a strong lead pass just 30 seconds into the half and Rayno buried the shot, tying the game at one.
Sanborn came back with some scoring chances, but Towle and the defense held strong, with Farnham and Whalen turning in solid plays in front of the net.
Prospect had three corner kicks in a row and had some good pressure, with Sinclair, Troy and Krivitsky all getting in close, but they were unable to convert. Bennett, Farnham and Hamilton also had shots on net denied.
The Timber Wolves continued to attack, with Cleary denied by the Sanborn keeper and Troy coming up with a nice steal in the midfield. Logan LaRoche sent a nice pass in just ahead of Bennett, which led to a Prospect corner. Krivitsky sent the corner kick in and the Perry's shot went wide of the net.
Sanborn came back and had some strong chances in their own offensive zone, but Whalen helped out with a nice clear. Sinclair, Whalen and Rayno teamed up on a good offensive charge, but they were stopped by the defense. Hamilton had a direct kick go wide and Rayno and Doug Krivitsky also teamed up in close. Farnham also sent a ball in that came tantalizingly close to being tipped in, but the whistle sounded and the teams were headed for overtime.
Prospect had the first chance of the extra frame with a corner, but couldn't convert. After a strong defensive effort from LaRoche, the Timber Wolves had another chance, with Gilbert's shot stopped by the keeper. Towle made a save at the other end and Whalen and Gilbert just missed connections on a chance.
With the scoreboard clock stopped at two minutes and time winding down, Rayno sent the ball across the goal mouth and Sinclair found it, putting it in next to the left post for the dramatic 2-1 win for the Timber Wolves.
Noyes praised his entire team for stepping up, both starters and the players coming off the bench.
"It's not a matter of who starts on this team," Noyes said. "Because whoever comers off the bench contributes just as much.
"And fresh mids are a big plus," the veteran coach continued.
Noyes also praised Sinclair for doing his job on the game-winning goal.
"He was in the right place at the right time," Noyes said. "That's exactly what we want our outside mid to be, at that far post."
The Timber Wolves got two goals from Whalen and one each from Gilbert, Troy and Rayno, with Bennett, Gilbert and Whalen all picking up assists, as they took care of business against Somersworth on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 5-1.
The Timber Wolves will be in action on Monday, Oct. 7, at home against Farmington.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.