South Colchester overcomes deficit to snatch title from Bears
ONSLOW - Big goals and bigger saves allowed the South Colchester Wolves to leave the pitch Wednesday with the district title tucked in their back pocket.
Members of the South Colchester Wolves, from left, Riley McLeod, Aiden Weatherbee, Colton Cleveland and Luke MacMillan celebrate after the Wolves clinched the junior high district boys soccer title Wednesday in Onslow. The Wolves nipped the Central Colchester Bears 2-1 on penalty kicks and advance to defend their Northumberland region title next week. Matthew Veno - Truro Daily News
The Wolves came from behind to nip the defending champion Central Colchester Bears 2-1 on penalty kicks in the junior high boys soccer final in Onslow.
"It feels awesome," said Wolves keeper Tyler Howe, who stopped three of four Bears shooters he faced in the penalty kick round.
The victory sends the defending Northumberland region champion Wolves back to the regional final on Wednesday against an opponent yet to be determined. South Colchester defeated the Bears in last year's regional final after the Bears took the district title over the Wolves.
Howe's red-hot performance on the goal line in the penalty kick round was made even more impressive by the fact that this is the first season the 14-year-old Upper Stewiacke resident has played organized soccer.
"He came in at tryouts, didn't know anything, wanted to learn how to play keeper and he's come a long way," Wolves coach Drew McNutt said. "He had a really good game today, by far his best game of the year."
While The Wolves managed to bury three of their four attempts, the Bears were on the opposite end of the spectrum, failing to score and unable to keep the ball from their net.
"I just tried to be patient in there and watch the shooter, try to read where he was going to go," Howe said.
South Colchester dropped both regular season meetings with the 10-0 Bears earlier this fall and it looked as if Central Colchester was well on its way to another triumph Wednesday after taking an early 1-0 lead.
But the Bears couldn't close the deal and the Wolves' Riley Peck headed the ball into the Central Colchester goal from a corner kick with six minutes remaining to knot the score 1-1.
"That got our guys right back in it," McNutt said. "We were all over them after that. I thought it was a real game changer and was really positive for our guys."
Nothing was solved in two sessions of extra time.
"It feels really good to win," McNutt said. "It was pretty intense and it was good to see the guys come through."
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