By John Lachmann
MOUNT STERLING, Ky. – Brossart allowed the tying goal and the majority of scoring chances in the second half, and the substantial wind was blowing in Scott’s favor.
But sophomore midfielder Dylan Geiman took a flick pass from the top of the box by senior forward Jake Jennings and buried it from the side of the post with 4:09 remaining to lift the Mustangs to a 2-1 win in an ultra-physical Region 10 final at Montgomery County on Saturday.
“That was a back-and-forth game, it comes down to one flick that landed perfectly for Dylan Geiman to finish off,” Goller said.
Brossart, which won its first regional championship since 2004, will face Paul Dunbar in the first round of the state tournament on Monday at a time and location TBD.
Neither team found the back of the net in the first half, but not because of a lack of effort. The Mustangs outshot the Eagles, 10-6 in the opening 40 minutes.
Geiman ripped a shot in the ninth minute that Scott sophomore goalkeeper C. J. Seay leapt to tip over his own goal. He also made a save on the ensuing corner kick.
Midway through the half, Eagles junior forward Luke Treadway blasted a shot through a wall that senior goalkeeper Andrew Erickson went down to cover cleanly.
Brossart opened the scoring with 34:54 left in regulation on a header by senior Eli Nienaber. Mustangs senior defender Josh Keuper sent a free kick into the box from 55 yards out, and Nienaber was able to head one over the keeper and into the net.
But with 28:33 to play, Scott junior Blake Schneider chased down a ball on the right side of the net and fired a sliding shot that tied the score.
“Our goal was come out early, try to get on the board, which we did, and then they really pressed us hard to get back into the game,” Goller said. “We were on our heels for like about 10, 15 minutes and luckily, once they got the goal, we were able to push back a little bit too.”
The Eagles still created more scoring chances in the second half, forcing Brossart’s second-half goalkeeper, junior Jeff Paulin to make five saves. Seay stopped three shots in the second half for a total of seven.
With nine minutes left in the second half, Schneider nearly put the Eagles ahead when he drove the field while heavily guarded and ripped a shot.
But it missed just wide, and Geiman notched the deciding goal less than five minutes later.
“When I saw the ball in the air, I thought, I have to finish it because that would send my team down to state,” Geiman said. “And I knew I had to.”
Nienaber, Keuper and Paulin were all named to the all-tournament team from the Mustangs.
HALFTIME: 0-0. GOALS: B—Nienaber, Geiman. S—Schneider. RECORDS: Brossart 19-4, Scott 9-10-1.
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