“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