Fayas lifts Flivvers in OT
By JODY KORCH
For The Daily News
MARINETTE – Most high school soccer throw-ins are short tosses to a close-by teammate designed to keep ball possession.
Zac Stankevich’s long overhead heaves head toward the goal threatening the opposing defense.
Stankevich’s long throw-in set up Kingsford’s winning goal in a 3-2 overtime soccer win over Marinette Tuesday evening. John Fayas kicked in the winning goal just 1:15 into the sudden-death OT.
“They had this extremely long throw. They were faster to clean it up,” Marinette coach Frank Pohlmann explained.
Stankevich’s long throw-ins pressured the Marine defense all game.
“We take those long throws whenever we’re in our attacking third,” Flivvers coach Alex Milinski said. “Take a long throw and use it as a throw-in kick.”
The play ended a dead-even match. Both teams had 10 shots on goal before the game-winner.
Fayas scored in the final 2:49 of the first half to put Kingsford up 1-0. Marinette’s Austin Mahlik was denied on a point-blank range shot in the final second of the half.
But 10 minutes into the second half, Mahlik took a pass from Denin Bieberitz and shot the ball from right to left into the net to tie the match.
Mahlik deked the Flivver goalkeeper into moving left, then beat him to his right to put Marinette ahead 2-1 with 19:15 remaining.
Austin Crosson scored on a breakaway with 8:38 remaining to retie the match.
“I think we had a good share of the ball, as they did,” Milinski said. “We had a lot of shots that were just a big outside. We try to pack the middle of the field, try a couple passes in the middle, and spray it wide.”
Kingsford improved to 3-1-0 while Marinette is 1-1. The Flivvers host Peshtigo Sept. 5.
“They had the better passing game,” Pohlmann acknowledged. “I think overall we lost to a very good team.”