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Stoppage-time goal lifts Delcastle past St. Elizabeth

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BELVEDERE – St. Elizabeth’s soccer team leveled its Oct. 6 nonconference game at Delcastle at two goals apiece with a tally in the 78th minute, but elation turned to heartbreak when the Cougars responded with the game-winner in stoppage time for the 3-2 triumph.

Chase Dunlap of St. Elizabeth gets to the ball ahead of Michael Delgado from Delcastle in Friday’s matchup. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

The Vikings opened the scoring in a free-wheeling first half. Off a corner kick in the fifth minute, Chase Dunlap tapped the ball to James Smith, whose centering kick was knocked to the top of the 18-yard box by Delcastle. Reiley Bond closed in and chipped the ball just out of the reach of the goalkeeper and under the crossbar for a 1-0 advantage.

The momentum shifted after that, and the Cougars piled up the chances. Vikings goalkeeper Daniel Moffett-Conaway picked up a pair of saves in the eighth minute, and a Delcastle shot went off the side of the net a minute later. Moffett-Conaway made two diving stops later in the half, including one at point-blank range and one on a free kick by Rodrigo Gonzalez.

St. Elizabeth was not as fortunate on Delcastle’s next shot, however, as Michael Delgado split two defenders and sent a left-footed shot low and to the left of the keeper in the 32 minute.

Cougars keeper Gerson Bravo has eyes on this St. Elizabeth chance. (The Dialog/Jason Winchell)

There were plenty of offensive opportunities for the Vikings as well. They had two more corner kicks before halftime, with one resulting in a shot wide of the net. Cougars keeper Gerson Bravo stoned Jack Cottrell late in the first, and Bravo had to dive to stop a St. E’s chance as time ran low.

Delcastle untied the game in the 55th minute on a goal off the foot of Saul Robles, and as the afternoon wore on, it appeared that might be enough. But St. Elizabeth forward Vincent Fahey gave his team a temporary reprieve with that goal in the 78th, which would have sent the match to overtime had Juan Lemos not netted the winner after the 80-minute mark had passed.

The Vikings (3-4), who were outshot, 25-12, will try to snap a two-game losing streak on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at William Penn. Delcastle improved to 4-5 with its fourth win in the last five. The Cougars travel to Middletown on Tuesday at 3:30.

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