By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
It took almost 100 minutes for either the Mt. Pleasant or Danville boys to score on Thursday night, but Jadyn Vongsavath made sure it was the Panthers who knocked in the golden goal.
Vongsavath scored the game-winner with 12.9 seconds remaining in the first overtime, firing one in off a long pass from Ethan Oilar to send the hometown fans home happy.
?Ethan has such a great touch with his left foot,? Coach Neil Schmitz said about the score. ?A great ball right up there. Jadyn had been in front of the goal and had multiple shots that should have went in all night long (and) he finally put one in. He and Paris (Chuonlamany) have been so great up there all season.?
Regulation was filled with quality chances for Mt. Pleasant. The Panthers controlled the ball all game but couldn?t put one in until the extra period.
Ovidio Reyes-Cardona had a shot go just over the crossbar with 12:45 remaining in the first half. Chounlamany nearly scored five minutes later but shot one wide right.
The second half was littered with big chances for the Panthers. The most promising one went to Kyle Medina, who found a loose ball after a collision with the Danville keeper with 19 minutes left, but his shot was just wide.
Danville didn?t have many chances, but their best one came in the final seconds. With less than 10 seconds left on the clock, the Bears had the ball in the Mt. Pleasant box. Oilar cleared the ball to keep it tied going into overtime, where Vongsavath would win it.
?It?s a good way to end the regular season, especailly after the Tuesday night loss at Central Lee,? Schmitz said after the game. We?re feeling a lot better now.?
The Panthers moved to 11-6 with the win. They?ll host either Washington or Keokuk on Wednesday, May 23, at 5 p.m., in the second round of the substate tournament.