COLUMBUS — It was a grudge match on an overcast Tuesday afternoon as Columbus Soccer Coach Jeff Renn’s Titans pulled out a 1-0 victory over Riverton Soccer Coach Ben O’Connor’s Rams in the second of two golden goal overtimes.
The game was plagued with injuries for both teams, but neither team ever gave up.
Riverton out shot Columbus 15-6 in the first half. But, only 6 of Riverton’s shots were on goal compared to all of Columbus’ shots being on goal in the first forty. The half would end tied 0-0.
In the forty-fourth minute, Riverton sophomore forward and prolific goal scorer Blayke Sullivan was yellow carded for retaliation and sent off the field for the remainder of the game per high school rules.
The score remained nil-nil at the end of regulation.
During the first ten minute golden goal overtime, neither team could find a way to hit the back of the net.
In the second overtime, Columbus Titan senior striker Brice Bennett broke away from the pack on a homerun ball and dribbled down the right flank. Bennett’s shot was directly in the center of the goal and screamed past Riverton junior goalkeeper Ethan Scibor to win the game for Columbus in dramatic fashion.
“We played as a team tonight." Renn said. "I really enjoyed watching them grow. We played on the offensive side. We had quite a few more passes than we normally did instead of going for the homerun ball, like worked last night. Riverton did a good job on defense. They held us and you know it was a fun game to watch."
Ram goalkeeper Scibor would have fourteen saves while Titan senior goalkeeper Cody Spainhower would record seventeen saves for Columbus. Riverton would get off thirty-two shots compared to Columbus’ 20. Corner kicks were even at three apiece. Riverton was never flagged for offside while Columbus was caught napping four times. Fouls were 8-3 in favor of the Titans.
The win moved Columbus Titans to 2-5 while the Riverton Rams dropped to 2-3. The Riverton Rams travel to Coffeyville today, for a 4:30 p.m. meeting with the Coffeyville Field Kindley Golden Tornados. Columbus takes on the Independence Bulldogs on their home pitch today.