Charlotte Catholic, ranked No. 5 in the Sweet 16 soccer poll, let a 2-0 lead slip away in a two-minute span of the second half, but senior Ben Stockley scored the game-winner in the final minutes to defeat No. 15 Myers Park 3-2 in the Soccer for a Cure Invitational at Ramblewood Park.
Catholic (1-0) scored the only goal of the first half in the 14th minute when Sam Winner took a cross from Brendan McDonough in the right side of the penalty area and beat Phillip Patterson for a 1-0 advantage.
The lead became 2-0 19 minutes into the second half when Jason Rioux was able to pick up a loose ball in the area and beat Patterson to his left.
Catholic had controlled much of the play and dominated the shooting statistics for the night (13 shots to five), but Myers Park (1-1) struck and struck quickly.
In the 27th minute of the second half, Myers Park’s Taylor Bass took a free kick from the left side and found the head of William Gourley, who beat goalie Sean Pratt.
“I don’t like that it came against our team, but that was a great goal,” Catholic coach Oscar Del Pino said. “They are always good on set pieces and showed it on that play.”
Less than two minutes later, Myers Park’s Braxton Robinson outran the Catholic defense for a loose ball, beat Pratt on the left side, and all of a sudden the score was tied at two.
But with less than three minutes remaining, Jordan Poff gained possession down the right side, crossed the ball over the Myers Park defense and found Stockley, whose header got past Nicholas Kaloudis, who came in for Patterson, and deflected in off the left post for the game-winner.
“We were rough in stretches, but a good result for us,” Del Pino said. “I thought we possessed the ball pretty well, and did a good job rebounding from those two quick goals. Overall a good result.”
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