It was an emotional game for Gary Overtal, Bluejays’ head soccer coach, who witnessed his team pull off a much needed 2-1 road win.
“Great game!,” Overla excitedly said. “Tons of action and lots of scoring opportunities that were turned away by both goalies and defenses. It truly was a fun game to be involved with. Win, lose, or draw those are the kind of games that everybody wants to play in.”
On Tuesday at Adel, Perry (11-3, 6-0) climbed over their formidable Raccoon River Conference rivals, the A-D-M Tigers (10-4, 2-2), to capture the team’s third straight RRC title.
Early in the first half the Bluejays struck first in the seventh minute when Alexis Macias found an open Jesus Rodriguez.
The 1-0 score lingered past the first half and three minutes into the second when the Bluejays allowed A-D-M’s David Barton to connect with Eli Swartzkopf to tie the game at a goal a piece.
“Both teams played their hearts out and we were fortunate enough to come out on top,” Overla said. “Defensively we had a hard time dealing with their overall team speed, but our kids adjusted and we made it work.”
The tie game lasted another 11 minutes until Perry’s Macias found Anthony Velasco for the header goal and the go-ahead score.
For the second straight game the Perry’s goalie Anthony Aragon kept the opposition in check giving up just the one goal.
The win made it eight in a row for the Bluejays who now have claimed the title of conference champs in four of the past five years.
“Well played by both sides,” Overla said. “Jehovany Rivera, Stephen Guardado, Cristian Guardado and Alexis Macias were really put to the test tonight and they responded the way competitors should. They answered the bell and came out swingin’.”
With three games left this season the Bluejays have the good fortune of playing all three at home. They welcome Carroll this Thursday.
If they beat Carroll they win the RRC Title outright, but if they lose and Winterset beats Bondurant-Farrar then Perry and Winterset share conference titles.