TEUTOPOLIS – Effingham was shocked when Olney scored a game-winning goal with 45 seconds left against them last week, but they turned the tables Monday as the Flaiming Hearts did the same to Teutopolis in its 2-1 win.
Tyler Katz, who scored both of Effingham's goals, took a hurried free kick in front of the goal with 48 seconds left, and caught Teutopolis goalkeeper Seth Belford off guard when the ball bounced left off of a rough patch of dirt and into the net.
“Their keeper didn't get set. Their defense wasn't set,” Effingham head coach Aaron Witges said. “We weren't really set either, but Tyler had a lane to the goal and if you can put it on (goal) and put people in the box, you never know where that thing is going to bounce.”
Katz hesitated taking the shot, initially, until Witges yelled from the sideline to do it because he wanted him to take an opportunity in a scrambling situation.
“It was kind of like, put the ball on the ground and go for it,” Katz said. “It couldn't have worked out any better.”
Teutopolis head coach Dustin Jansen said Effingham deserves a lot of credit for executing the free kick as quickly as they did.
“They rushed it and it was good placement,” Jansen said. “It sucks when a (goalkeeper) makes one little mistake, and I wouldn't even call it a mistake. It was a well-placed kick.
However, Jansen said Katz' game winner shouldn't have been possible if Teutopolis would've taken care of business after it took a 1-0 lead with 32 minutes left in the second half.
Jansen said his team started playing flat after Kyle Blievernicht scored to give his team the lead and he said Katz's first goal, with six minutes to go, shouldn't have happened.