Nation Ford head coach Jon Jarrett couldn’t quit complimenting his team after its 2-1 overtime win against the Northwestern Trojans on Friday night.
Nation Ford senior Caleb Bruckner scored in overtime off a deflection by the Trojans’ goalie, setting up a second Falcons attempt to give them the 2-1 win.
The victory gave the Falcons a sweep of Northwestern this season.
“The boys are knocking down doors we haven’t knocked down before,” Jarrett said. “The team believes in each other and they don’t quit.”
Tied for first in Region 3 standings with Clover, with an 8-1 record heading into its game against the Trojans, Nation Ford was looking to stay atop the standings while Northwestern was trying not to fall out of the playoff race.
Nation Ford has a key matchup against Clover for the region title and will finish the regular season against Rock Hill this week.
After a scoreless first half, Northwestern scored just three minutes into the second half on a throw-in. A log-jam at the goal resulted in a goal by the Trojans.
The Trojans controlled much of the second half early. Every time Nation Ford threatened, Northwestern was able to cause a turnover and stall the Falcons’ momentum.
Nation Ford had several chances, including a long free kick from past midfield, but wasn’t able to make things happen.
The Falcons finally tied the game at the two minute mark, as sophomore Will Martin knocked the ball in off a throw-in to tie at one.
Nation Ford controlled play early and had several early looks at the goal. Junior Kevin Garces got a breakaway about 10 minutes into the game but missed the cross attempt. Northwestern came back just minutes later to set up a shot attempt of its own but put the ball just over the top of the goal.
The Trojans got off another shot three minutes later, but junior keeper Cooper Morris quickly was able to scoop up the shot without trouble.
Offensively, Northwestern seemed more aggressive and was able to get more shots off midway through the first half.
Nation Ford’s defense allowed the Trojans to get in the box several times but was able to keep the ball out of the goal by attacking.