“If the state would train the referees, there would be a lot more consistency,” he said. “The foul was no foul. He may have brushed.”
It’d go back and forth from there. Belford made a huge save on a Donovan Hammer shot early in the second half, but his save went over the net, setting up St. Anthony with a corner kick. The Bulldogs would convert, scoring their first goal with 28:41 left by James Kabbes.
The teams traded possession while Belford and Tegeler made big saves until late in the third, when Blievernicht found Justin Deters on a throw-in and Deters would put Teutopolis up 3-1 with 5:51 remaining.
St. Anthony cut the deficit back to one on a goal by Jonas Amberg that got over the head of Belford and trickled toward the net, with Belford’s efforts to chase it down not paying off.
But Belford came up big late, picking up a loose ball near the net after a number of St. Anthony chances with 20 seconds left, clinching the win.
“Seth had a hiccup there, that’s a very tough ball. I’ll take that now, get that out of our system,” Jansen said. “He had some really good saves tonight, defense did a good job setting the ball up.”
Jansen credited the Wooden Shoes’ possession skills, singling out the play of Drew Kowalski and Richard Wendt to keep the offense going.
The two teams will see each other again very soon, as they have drawn one another for the Olney Regional next Tuesday.
Both coaches are familiar with one another, and for Demers, it’s pretty obvious to him what it’ll take to reverse the result and keep the Bulldogs’ season alive next week.
“More goals,” he said. “I don’t know that we’ll change anything, except do it better.”
That game begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, following the conclusion of the Olney/Altamont game at 4 p.m.
Teutopolis 2 1 3
St. Anthony 0 2 2
Teutopolis goals: Blievernicht (22:04 1st, 4:31 1st); Deters (5:51 2nd)
St. Anthony goals: Kabbes (28:41 2nd); Amberg (2:37 2nd)
Teutopolis assists: Blievernicht, Kowalski