An overtime goal by the visiting Des Moines Lincoln Railsplitters (11-4) hands the Perry Bluejays (12-4) their first lost in over a month and in the process snaps the soccer team’s nine game winning streak.
It was a hard fought nonconference bout on Monday night that saw Perry lose in overtime 1-0 with just seconds remaining.
The scoreless event lasted over 80 minutes. It wasn’t until minute 89 when the Railsplitters finally broke through on an unassisted Luis Argueta goal.
“They [Railsplitters]] scored on a loose ball with less than 10 seconds remaining in the overtime period,” Gary Overla, Perry’s head coach said. “How did the ball end up in front of our goal with less than 10 seconds – I don’t know. It did though and we misplayed it and they capitalized and won the game.”
For 90 minutes the host Bluejays played toe-to-toe with a good Des Moines Lincoln team who boast a first place record in the Central Iowa Metro League (CIML)
Anthony Aragon, Perry’s goalie, did everything he could to keep the Railsplitters’ offense from scoring with countless denials in front of the net.
“Goalie Anthony Aragon had an excellent outing and had some really crazy good saves,” Overla said.
Despite the loss Perry’s head coach assured his team how well they played and to focus on next week’s matchup.
“I don’t think our kids have anything to hang their heads about, it was just one of those instances that happened,” Overla said. “It was unfortunate but we will move on from this loss, learn a lesson from it and apply it to our remaining games.”
The Bluejays host their final game of the regular season this Thursday against the 5-10 Pella Dutch.
“[I] hope to see everyone at the pitch,” Overla said. “It will be senior night and then we will play our first round sub-state contest on Wednesday, May 24, at 6:30 pm.”