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South Tama ends Vinton’s season with overtime goal by Fuentes

May 27, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Two ranked soccer teams in Class 1A came head to head last week. One team would move on in the post season for a chance at State, the other would face the heartbreak of a season ending loss.

Sixth ranked South Tama County (14-5) travelled to the home of eighth ranked Vinton-Shellsburg (11-6) on Wednesday, May 22. STC and Vinton faced off earlier in the season back in April. The Vikings snuck out a 3-2 win to end the contest.

It was a defensive battle from the start for the Trojans. STC's back line of Fabian Padilla, Jamie Angel and Andrew Laybon had their work cut out for them against a fast and aggressive team.

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South Tama’s Jeffrey Fuentes takes off in a celebratory run following his game winning shot on Wednesday, May 22. The Trojans topped Vinton in the Class 1A Boys Substate second round contest 2-1 in double overtime.
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"I think tonight was a struggle. I don't know what it is with Vinton. It's just a matchup thing. They play fast and they defend hard in the middle of the field. We've got several common opponent wins over them but they are tough for us to play. They are a good team so we had to defend against them alot more than we are used to. We can usually control possession. That's one of our strong points and I don't know if we did that tonight because we had to defend a lot harder and step up to those challenges. It's not that they got a lot of shots off but our defenders had to do a lot more work than they normally do," said coach Nate Van Dyke.

The two teams remained scoreless through the first 40 minutes of regulation play. With 7:17 left in the second half Vinton's CJ Rickels scored the first goal of the night putting Vinton on the board 1-0. As the minutes continued to tick by the Trojans continued to fight. Their efforts paid off with a free kick. STC's Jorge Davila tied it up for the Trojans with just 2:47 remaining. With the scored tied 1-1 the game went into a five minute overtime. Neither team was able to score in the first overtime so the game went into a second, 10 minute overtime. Midway through the second overtime STC's Jeffrey Fuentes punched in the deciding goal and the Trojans won the contest.

"It just felt amazing knowing that the ball hit the back of the net and knowing that it's overtime and we finished the game," said Fuentes.

The win was hard fought particularly by the Trojans defense.

"It was a really tough game but I know if I keep getting it out and keep getting my midfielders Jonathan and Davilla chances that we are going to get some goals. We just have to keep working hard on defense and I just know we will do something good out there," said Padilla.

Next up for the Trojans is the third round of Substate action. The Trojans were scheduled to play Regina Catholic on Saturday, May 25 which is after this publication goes to press.

"Next step is we want to go to State but we've got the toughest substate in the State. There are four ranked teams in our Substate and there's no more than two ranked teams in any other Substate in the State. Some have one. This was the only match tonight between two ranked teams so it was a big one. I told them it's never been easy for us. We are in a tough conference. We got a top ten team tonight and if we don't win we don't get Saturday so don't think about Saturday," said Van Dyke.

Van Dyke was proud of his team's accomplishment but knows they have a tough matchup ahead of them with the Regals. The teams will face off at Regina Catholic in Iowa City, on Saturday, May 25 at 12 p.m.

"I think you bend but you don't break, if you want to go back to the Iowa Hawkeye football philosophy. I think we bent a little bit tonight but we didn't break. Every-time they came storming at the gates trying to get to the goal we stopped them. When they scored with eight minutes left you could very easily hang your head but we stuck with it and made it happen. I told them in the huddle great teams find a way to win the close ones. It was excellent," said Van Dyke.



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