Effingham head coach Aaron Witges was worried about what could happen after his team tied Tuesday's game against Olney with eight minutes left to play.
Witges' team held Olney to minimal scoring chances in the second half, after a three-goal outburst in the first, and kept the game tied for another seven minutes.
Olney senior Chance Madden dribbled around Effingham defenders and placed a shot on goal that batted off Effingham goalkeeper Frank Kasdorf's fingers as seconds on the clock disappeared with less than one minute left.
The ball falling to his feet, senior Alec St. Pierre took advantage, tapping into the goal for the game-winner with 45 seconds remaining, as Olney scratched its way to a 4-3 win.
“We knew (Madden) can take control of games if he wants,” Olney head coach Jason Burckhartt said. “He went for the shot, (the goalkeeper) bobbled it, and St. Pierre came through on the back end.”
At the end of a half that Burckhartt said Effingham dominated, Witges said it's tough to lose a game in the closing seconds.
“That's the kind of effort you like to see when you're down one,” Witges said. “We had other opportunities we weren't able to cash in on. The ending isn't what we wanted.”
Effingham junior Tyler Katz missed two goals by inches earlier in the second half, which would've given his team a lead late in the game. First, his free kick hit the crossbar with 24 minutes left, then a header floated over Olney goalkeeper Tyler Zuber's head and bounced off of the far post.
“Effingham was taking it to us,” Burckhartt said. “They hit the bar three times in the second half.”
Katz hit the far post a third time with nine minutes to play, which led to the eventual game-tying goal second later.