Somerset soccer pulls shocker, beats Barron in overtime
Barron's players laid on the field in shock when Somerset's Jon Bucklew scored.
And that was just the game-tying goal. Bucklew scored with 37 seconds left in regulation, knotting the score of last Tuesday's game at 3-3.
The Spartans saw the shock in the faces of the Barron players and they moved quickly to capitalize in the overtime period. Gavin Meader scored three minutes into the overtime period to give Somerset a 4-3 win in the battle between the third and fourth place teams in the Middle Border Conference standings.
That Somerset was in a position to win showed the team's ability to recover from a less than perfect first half. Barron scored three times in the first half, which was a surprisingly porous effort from the Spartan defense. The Spartans were able to get back to within 3-2 by halftime.
Meader had scored Somerset's first goal on an assist from Bucklew in the 19th minute of the game to tie the score at 1-1. After Barron built the lead to 3-1, Logan Wiederin scored in the 33rd minute. A shot from Bucklew trickled through the grasp of the Barron keeper and Wiederin was in place to tap home the rebound.
In the second half the Spartans repaired the holes in their defense, but Barron kept denying the Spartans' scoring attempts. It wasn't until Bucklew's goal with 37 seconds left that the Spartans got back to even. Wiederin got the ball to Bucklew on the left side of the field. He worked around a pair of Bears before pumping the tying goal into the net.
The game-winner by Meader was set up by stopper Jesse Brown, who earned his first varsity point with the assist. Meader took the pass, split a pair of Barron defenders and drove toward the goal, to drive the shot into the goal.
Roll over Rice Lake
Here's a good example of how the Spartans have changed in one year. In the 2011 season, Rice Lake delivered an 8-1 defeat to the Spartans. So you can imagine that the Spartans were caught by surprise with the ease at which they rolled past Rice Lake last Thursday, 9-1.
The win over Rice Lake was the Spartans' 11th of the season.
Jon Bucklew put together one of the biggest individual scoring game in Spartan team history, scoring six of the nine goals. This ties the team record that he established in the opening game of the 2011 season.
"He had his way with them," Roll said. "He could do whatever he wanted."
Surprisingly, the game was close until the 29th minute. Both teams scored in the first seven minutes of the game, with Logan Wiederin scoring for Somerset. Bucklew scored an unassisted goal in the 29th minute. It would be the first of four Spartan goals in a nine-minute span that broke the game open. Bucklew had three of those goals, Thomas Bauer netted the other.
Bucklew scored three more goals in the first 22 minutes of the second half, when Roll took him out for the rest of the game. Gavin Meader tallied the Spartans' final goal.
Saturday brought the annual Somerset tournament, but the demanding schedule of the week had taken its toll on the Spartans. They were held without a goal in the two games. They lost to Ashland, which will be one of the top seeded teams in the Division 2 sectional bracket, by a 5-0 score. In the second round the Spartans and McDonell/Regis played to a scoreless tie.
Ashland scored in the first 25 seconds of the opening game and had the lead up to 2-0 before the game was five minutes old. Ashland's quick forwards caused problems for the Spartan defense throughout the game.
Roll said he thought the Spartans should have won the second game.
"Probably 75 percent of the game we had the ball in their half," he said. "We were tired. We were settling for some pretty bad shots."