DENVER — The East Lincoln Mustangs soccer team secured a road victory Wednesday in overtime play against the Lincoln Charter Eagles 3-2.
The teams stood at a standstill at halftime after neither squad obtained a goal, but the scoreless first half failed to discourage the Mustangs.
Early in the game’s second half, senior Matt Estes, on the right wing, shot a pass from senior teammate Darin Salter into the net, giving his team the lead.
Minutes later, Salter gained a goal himself and doubled his team’s lead over the Eagles, scoring off a direct kick just outside the penalty box. Mustangs’ head coach Jason Dragoon described the shot as bending into the goal after hitting the bottom of the crossbar.
East Lincoln continued to dominate the field and send shots and crosses across the mouth of the goal throughout the half, but Lincoln Charter was still able to sneak in a shot after a breakaway down the right side of the field. However, the player took the shot prematurely in front of a nearly wide-open goal, sending the ball out-of-bounds.
Halfway into the second half, the Eagles finally cheered a first goal. The squad worked together to successfully head a throw-in ball into the back of the net.
The Mustangs maintained a 2-1 lead over Lincoln Charter until the game’s final minutes when the home team again took advantage of a throw-in near the goal.
This time, the Eagles put a foot on the ball, rather than a head, tying up the scoreboard and sending the teams into two 10-minute overtime periods.
The first overtime half proved scoreless, and fans anticipated a similar outcome for the second period. However, Salter scored the victory goal with just under a minute left to play.
Freshman teammate Brett Shanklin is credited with Salter’s assist.
Dragoon also praised sophomore center midfielder for “covering a lot of ground” during the match. As a result, he established a majority of his team’s attacks, “keeping the team connected from back to front,” Dragoon said.
East Lincoln currently stands at 2-6 overall but has yet to engage in conference play.
The Mustangs will travel to West Lincoln Rebels on Wednesday at 5 p.m.