In a tight, scoreless stalemate for most of the match, it was one tiny thing that made the ultimate difference in the Tenino boys soccer team’s 1-0 defeat to Montesano on the road Wednesday.
Making a play in the 67th minute, Beaver keeper Alex Reichelderfer went up to make a save, and had the ball knocked from his hands to jar it free, right near the head of Monte’s Mateo Sanchez, who put the ball through the back of the net in what would prove to be the game-winner.
Just before that moment, the Beavers had a chance at a score themselves that they botched.
Ultimately those two moments gave the game to the hometown Bulldogs.
“We didn’t do enough to win the game,” Beavers coach Kevin Schultz said. “We can’t leave it to a call or two, we need to be making plays. All it takes in a 0-0 game is one little thing, and that’s what happened. It’s unfortunate we didnt take advantage of our opportunities.”
After a sluggish first 20 minutes, Tenino responded with a strong ensuing 40 minutes, but just couldn’t take advantage of its chances. When the game got chippier as a result of a 0-0 deadlock between offensively-frustrated squads, the Beavers began to fade down the stretch.
Immediately after a scoring chance went awry, the Bulldogs capitalized to get the win.
Schultz praised Zach Byer for his strong play on defense, and Toby Suess once again for holding down the midfield and adding some leadership to a young squad.
The Beavers (7-5, 6-5 1A Evergreen) will take on Elma on Friday on the road in their third to last regular season game.