vs. Brunswick School
|Date:||October 18, 2017|
Late Rally Stuns Brunswick
Salisbury scored two late goals on Wednesday afternoon to come from behind and defeat visiting Brunswick in dramatic fashion, 4-3. The win snapped a four-game win-streak by the Bruins and gave the Knights back-to-back wins for the first time this fall.
“It was a true roller-coaster affair,” a spent Ben Walsh said later of the game. “We played some of our best possession ball in the first half and managed to score seven minutes in on the break.” In fast-moving sequence, Ian Smith won the ball near mid-field and played it to Thomas Yegbor, The crafty attacker put a shot off the far post that the Brunswick goalie batted away – to a pouncing Smith, who converted for the 1-0 lead. There would be no further scoring in the first half.
Early in the second, Brunswick tied the game after a defensive miscue and a quality finish. Momentum shifted back to the Knights when Yegbor intercepted a clearance pass by the Bruin keeper and made him pay with an easy chip into the open net.
Brunswick, however, battled back, eventually scoring on a sequence following a direct kick. With the ball careening into the box, someone put a foot on it, and it took a tricky hop away from the Salisbury goalie’s hands. Minutes later, Brunswick took the lead, their first of the game, on a direct kick hit straight on goal.
Down 3-2 but not out, Salisbury refused to quit. With the clock running down, Yegbor tracked back to midfield to win the ball back. He found Soto on the counter, who connected with Mateo Rufo, who found Yegbor once again. The Knights’ scoring leader took one touch and carried far corner with the right to tie the game at 3-3.
Brunswick nearly took the lead again but had a goal called back. Salisbury took the lead for good when Rufo found Yegbor behind Brunswick's back line, and Yegbor snuck one underneath the keeper near-side, completing the hat-trick and serving the Knights a 4-3 victory.
“The boys battled all the way through,” said Walsh in his summary, “and were rewarded.”