OLNEY – St. Anthony goalkeeper Zach Tegeler left the game 25 minutes into the first half after falling awkwardly on his knee and Teutopolis took advantage of the Bulldogs’ replacement keeper on Tuesday, winning 3-1 to advance to Saturday’s Class 1A Regional championship.
“We didn’t really have a backup keeper,” St. Anthony head coach Scott Demers said. “That’s a coaching thing we weren’t prepared for. That’s a coaching mistake.”
Without an immediate option to replace their senior goalkeeper, sophomore Kyle Hartke volunteered to move from his defensive position into the net where he was involved in two Teutopolis goals.
The Bulldogs tied the game with Hartke in net, on a shot by Frank Jansen that bent over Teutopolis goalkeeper Seth Belford’s head.
Teutopolis head coach Dustin Jansen said the Bulldogs’ game-tying goal came right before his team “really turned the heat on.”
Kyle Blievernicht scored a goal less than one minute later, tipping the ball over the goalkeeper who dove into a collision with the Teutopolis senior, making the game 2-1.
Then, Blievernicht headed a ball into an open net after another set of collisions in front of the goal three minutes later, giving Teutopolis a 3-1 lead going into a halftime that stayed the same for the remainder of the game.
“We figured (St. Anthony) would do what they normally do – playing heavy on the defense,” Jansen said. “We knew we had to get on the board early, that way they had to change up what they were doing.”
Tegeler returned to the game immediately following Blievernicht’s second goal, despite barely being able to run under his own power, Demers said.
For St. Anthony, Tegeler’s entrance back into the game was two goals too late. Demers said there could’ve been a different result to Teutopolis’ two goals if Tegeler hadn’t been injured.