STEUBENVILLE - Both soccer coaches saw it coming.
"As soon as he turned, I could see what he was looking for and just hoped that someone could get something in front of it," said Indian Creek coach Jonathan Hoover. "Unfortunately, we didn't. He hit a good shot and scored a good goal."
Steubenville Big Red's Jorge Dominguez turned to his left and blasted one from about 20 yards out that found the upper right 90 4:23 into the first golden goal overtime session and gave Big Red a 2-1 win against rival Indian Creek in the Division II sectional tournament Wednesday at Harding Stadium.
RAISE IT — Steubenville Big?Red’s Jorge Dominguez jumps into the arms of Big Red coach Greg Bowers after Dominguez scored the golden goal, 4:23 into overtime for a 2-1 win over rival Indian Creek in the Division II sectional tournament Wednesday at Harding Stadium.
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SOCCER ACTION -- Indian Creek’s Nick Utt hits hits a header surrounded by teammtes, from left, Max Lewis, George Shea, Drew Markja and Jimmy Boylog and Big Red’s Nate Kurty (6) in the second half on Wednesday.
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"We knew that that's the foot he favors," said Hoover. "It wasn't an easy goal, it wasn't a cheap goal. He had to hit it well and he did."
Steubenville coach Greg Bowers said they were encouraging Dominguez to let it fly all night.
"He had plenty of opportunities tonight," said Bowers, whose team was eliminated from the sectional tournament a year ago by Beaver Local in the golden-goal overtime period. "We were encouraging him to shoot all game, but he continued to cross it.
"Then he let that one go."
Dominguez opened the scoring with 4:38 left in the first half thanks to a beautiful cross from Dom DiCarlo.
Indian Creek knotted things up at the 33:12 mark in the second half as Jordan Herald booted home a rebound off a Russell Ratcliffe shot.
"We've put ourselves in that position all year," said Bowers. "We could have taken care of some opportunities, but didn't. We had to keep our head in the game, keep winning the 50-50 balls and maybe something would go our way.
"We reminded the kids from last year that you are either going to celebrate or go home. They stepped up to the challenge."
Indian Creek goalie Andrew Price finished with 14 saves off 25 Big Red shots.
John-Paul Duff totaled seven saves off eight Redskins shots.
"After we scored the goal, we definitely saw a change in intensity, we started to get more shots, more looks on goal," said Hoover. "We had a couple of chances to get the goal in OT or get the win in regulation, we just couldn't get it. They played very hard in the second half, especially once they saw they could score, they knew they weren't out of it.
"We talked at halftime for them to come out as hard as they possibly could and to realize the seniors were only guaranteed another 40 minutes of soccer. Once we got the goal, you could see they started to believe they could get good opportunities and good chances to score. Unfortunately, we could not capitalize on those good chances. Duff made a couple of great saves that were sure goals. He kept them in it."
Big Red, though, controlled most of the game.
"Hats off to Indian Creek for keeping themselves in the game and for continuing to hustle," said Bowers. "Coach Hoover does a great job with his guys.
"It was our night and we get to move on."
Big Red will take on Beaver Local at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the same turf. That game will be preceded by Minerva meeting St. Clairsville at 6 p.m.
"Indian Creek is a really good team," said Dominguez. "We did a good job of controlling the ball most of the game. We played well. It was a great team effort. I had the ball, saw I had a chance to take a shot and I just took it."