WINDSOR — In the biggest of big games, any and all mistakes are amplified ten fold.
On Wednesday night against Windsor, coach David Martinez and his Holy Family boys soccer team knew they were going to have to be at their best to get a result out of Windsor — similar to what they did last season when they went to Dudley Field and walked away with an overtime win.
Well turn about is fair play, and this time it was the Wizards who protected their home field, getting an overtime goal from their best player — John Burnett — in the eighth minute of the ten minute overtime to remain unbeaten at 7-0.
“Obviously we can focus on some mistakes that we made and that they made. But I really think we are a minute away from us winning it with Garrett (Havens’) shot on frame,” said Martinez about a missed chance just before the Wizards came down and scored. “But set pieces have just been a nightmare for us. We are defending them right and in the right places, it’s just those rebounds.”
Holy Family drops to 3-1 this season with a big week ahead against Centaurus, Skyline and Greeley Central to get things right.
Windsor opened the scoring in the 8th minute, getting a goal from Matisse Sakariassen against the run of play. But the Tigers didn’t blink and responded quickly, when Garrett Havens scored his fourth goal in two games, beating goalie Daniel Bouma to a 50/50 ball in the box.
The aforementioned set pieces Martinez was talking about put Holy Family down in the 25th minute. Tim Bosch was in the right place at the right time, after Tigers goalie Jack Krueger made a great save on Burnett’s free kick, the rebound came right Bosch, who was able to finish with ease.
Holy Family weathered a bit of Windsor storm in the offensive third that extended into the second half — including a Burnett shot that deflected off the bar above an outstretched Krueger.
The Tigers would find their equalizer once again in the 53rd minute. Junior Jackson Ward went one-on-one with a defender and beat him into the box with possession and drew the keeper out off his line and was able to slide a shot just inside the far post.
“Like I told the boys, we’ve just got to be goldfish. It happened, forget about it, short memory and I think that’ll serve us right,” Martinez said. “We saw stiff competition today and just like last year we were on a 10 game winning streak before we saw Centaurus (in the playoffs) and this time we saw Windsor early on and the winning streak starts now.
“I still keep true to what I said, this is a state championship caliber team.”
The Tigers were a bit unlucky late in regulation. Dylan McIntosh’s direct free kick was pushed over the bar by Bouma with five minutes to go.
It opened the door for the Wizards, who out-shot the Tigers 13-7 on frame, in overtime. They got one shot and made the most of it. Burnett gathered up a loose ball in a mad scramble in the middle of the box and was able to slide home the winner among the chaos in front of Krueger’s goal.
“At the end of the day we fell a little bit into the American style of soccer that Windsor plays, which is the long ball, when we should have just stayed true to our style and pinged the ball around,” Martinez said. “We had those moments, when we pinged it around and we got our goals.”
WINDSOR 3, HOLY FAMILY 2, OT
Holy Family (3-1, 3-1) 1 1 0 — 2
Windsor (7-0, 7-0) 2 0 1 — 3
Goals (assists) – HF: Garrett Havens (unassistsed), 9′; Jackson Ward (unassisted), 53′.
Goalies (Min.-GA-Saves) — HF: Jack Krueger (88-3-10).