After starting the season with a victory, the Duncan Demons soccer team faced two tough teams. During this past Tuesday evening’s home game against Newcastle, the Duncan team lost their second straight game in penalty kicks and lost 2-1 officially on the scoreboard.
Duncan started off the game in a big way as the Demons made it on the board first at the 26:39 mark when Ben Johnson found the back of the net to take the 1-0 lead.
The defense for the Demons held strong for the rest of the first half and most of the second half until Newcastle, at the 9:32 mark in the second half, broke through the defense and put the ball on target into the net to tie the game up at 1-1.
With time winding down, the Demons had several chances to try and take the lead, but several shots fell short after getting past the goal keeper in one-on-one battles.
Alex Barrientos, who is the leading goal scorer for the Demons, beat the Newcastle goal keeper with 6:44 left in the second half, however when he took a shot, the defender got in the way and redirected it away from the goal to keep the score at 1-1.
Johnson, who had the lone goal for the Demons early in the first half, had the next opportunity for another goal late in the second half to try and keep Duncan out of an overtime situation with 31 seconds left in the game.
Beating the goal keeper and looking at the net, Johnson took a shot from the right side, but it went wide left as he faced pressure with the ball going out of bounds and Newcastle gaining possession.
Newcastle tried to get the ball down the field to score a goal of their own, but time ran out and since it was non-district game, the two teams went straight to penalty kicks to decide the winner.
Landon Holthaus came up first for the Demons to take the first penalty kick. He made sure to leave no doubt of it going into the net and took the 1-0 lead in the first round of penalty kicks.
Newcastle evened it up at 1-1 which brought up Duncan’s Adrian Gonzalez for the Demons’ second try at penalty kicks.
Adrian Gonzalez, after the whistle blew, went to kick the ball, however it went wide right to keep it 1-1 with Newcastle getting the chance to take the lead.
Newcastle did take the lead at 2-1 with Duncan’s next chance coming from Jose Gonzalez who tried to tie the score up at 2-2.
Jose Gonzalez made the kick, however it went over the goal and up high to keep Newcastle with the 2-1 lead. Duncan hoped to keep the score 2-1 with Newcastle’s next scoring opportunity.
Ezra Telles, who came in late as goalkeeper for the Demons due to an injury, managed to get the much needed save to keep the score at 2-1 in favor of Newcastle.
Eddy Guerra had the next try for the Demons and he sailed it right into the goal to tie the penalty kicks up at 2-2.
Newcastle took the 3-2 lead on the next kick and brought up Duncan’s last chance in Barrientos, who scored the goal to make it 3-3 with Newcastle having one final chance to win the game.
If Newcastle made the goal then the game would be over and if they missed, then they would have to get a couple more players up to secure the victory.
Newcastle converted the final chance to win 4-3 on penalty kicks and send them home with a 3-0 record while the Demons went to 1-2.
After the game, Demons head coach David Shaw said he was proud of the team’s effort against a highly ranked team.
“That is an undefeated team and has played nothing but 6A teams so far this year and so I will take that. The effort was great and it could easily went the other way,” Shaw said. “We had several wide open goals and we just missed and hit one of those and we are not in that and it won’t matter. They are playing well and they are playing together.”
The Demons will now travel to face Lawton High beginning at 8 p.m. March 11 as they face the Wolverines. Shaw he said he hopes to get back in the win column in the final non-district game.
“We are going to push things and perfect little things while cleaning up the little mistakes that were made and fix those things,” Shaw said. “We want to come into district play on a high note and want to pick up a win on Thursday so when we comeback from spring break, we will be playing Piedmont in the first district game of the season.”