The Sumner Spartans scored two goals in the final 13 minutes to capture a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against the Franklin Pierce Cardinals on April 8 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Senior forward Zak Rawson scored in the 67th minute, and sophomore Nicholas Phillips tallied the game-winning goal on a ricochet off a corner kick in the 74th minute for Sumner (3-4).
Franklin Pierce’s lone goal came on a penalty kick in the 26th minute. The Cardinals dropped to 1-3-1.
Rawson said he knew it was just a matter of time before his team found its stride in the second half.
“We had some good shots, and right before I scored, we had one that went right off the crossbar,” he said. “I started thinking the next time we have a shot, I’m going to follow it, because their keeper was suspect. I followed the next shot, got lucky, and it went in.”
Rawson’s goal gave the Spartans the momentum in a game that featured an assortment of fouls and a lack of ball control on both sides.
“Sometimes high school soccer is not going to be pretty, and that’s what happened tonight,” Sumner head coach Peter Voiles said. “The game was not pretty on either side, and there wasn’t any good ball movement from either team. It was just a physical game.
“We just had to dig deep,” Voiles said. “Today wasn’t the model of soccer we’re hoping to play at the end of the season. We’ll score pretty goals later this season, but we’re obviously happy with the result.”
After opening the season at 0-2, the Spartans have won three of their past five games.
“We are starting to come together as a team,” Voiles said. “We have a lot of seniors, but we also have a lot of freshmen and sophomores on the roster who are playing a significant amount of minutes. We’ve grown from game one to now quite a bit.”