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.
“We got comfortable with a 1-0 lead and they capitalized on it,” Jansen said.
Witges said he noticed his team start to be more aggressive after falling behind, especially after Katz returned to the game mid-way through the second half.
Katz, who was visibly frustrated on the field, left the game in the second half and Witges settled him down.
“He had five times in a row there that (Teutopolis) stopped him dead in his tracks,” Witges said. “He was frustrated. He hadn't had a break yet tonight.”
Witges said he was impressed with Katz's maturity and response to adversity and criticism during the game. It showed, as Katz struck for the game-tying goal with just more than six minutes left and buried the game winner for the Flaming Hearts
After falling behind, Witges said his team took control and followed its coach's message at halftime.
“I told them at halftime, 'We have to have the guts to be successful. You have to be willing to make that tough pass,'” Witges said. “We were the aggressor after they scored and good things happened.”
Effingham improves to 5-4-1 with the win and is back in action at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Mt. Carmel.
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Effingham 0 2 2
Teutopolis 0 1 1
Goals: Blievernicht (T) 32:42, Katz 6:06 (E), Katz (E) 0:48
Saves: Belford (T) 8, Kasdorf (E) 7