BLACKFOOT â€” Extra time can be a killer and in the instance of the Blackfoot and Idaho Falls boys soccer match on Tuesday evening, extra time played against the Broncos as Idaho Falls scored nearly five minutes after regulation time had expired, leading to a 1-1 tie.
"You never want to allow a late goal in like that but we have nothing to be ashamed about," Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope said. "The fact that we were so close to the prize makes us a bit disappointed about not getting it."
In the first half of play Ramon Rivas turned in the play of the half as the speedy freshman raced into his own open goal to kick out a potential goal by the Idaho Falls offensive attack just minutes before the first half expired.
"Ramon was our best player today," coach Pope said. "You never want to concede a goal just before the half because then you come off the field with your heads down so that play by Ramon was brilliant."
Blackfoot shrugged off the sluggish first half of play and came out firing on all cylindars in the second half, keeping control of the ball for most of the half.
Blackfoot eventually took a 1-0 lead in the 74th minute of play when Carlos Murrillo lifted a shot towards the Idaho Falls goal. Oziel Oseguera was able to head the ball into the upper right hand corner of the goal for the score bringing the Blackfoot bench to their feet.
"For as poor a first half that we played I felt that we were equally as good in the second half," Coach Pope said. "Idaho Falls were the men in that first half and we knew at half time that the only way was up for us. Idaho Falls is a good team, a strong team and this was a good tie."
Blackfoot (4-1-1, 4-1-0) return to the pitch today at Highland for a 4:30 game.