IDAHO FALLS — The schedule may have said this was the first game of the season for the Blackfoot Broncos boys soccer team, but Tuesday's opener with Skyline had all the make up of a playoff game.
After 75 minutes of back and forth physical play, Andres Godienz's penalty kick was the difference as Blackfoot earned a 3-2 win over the Grizzlies at the Idaho Falls Soccer Complex.
Godienz played a big roil in the Broncos second half comeback as not five minutes before he sent a crossing pass across the goal box from the right side and found the head of a streaking Ozzy Oseguera that tied the game at 2-2.
"That was a good game, both teams going at it and both playing good soccer," Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope said. "Both teams putting the ball on the deck and playing goos soccer. You had two soccer playing team here and it was a fun game to play in."
Like most opening games are much of the opening 10 minutes was spent by both teams feeling each other out.
In the 16th minute, Junior Bartolo emerged from a scrum in front of the Skyline net and flicked the ball past Skyline goalieTrevor Noles.
It did not take long for Skyline to answer as Brandon Sanchez sent a rocket pas Dallin Fairchild in the 21st minute to tie the game.
The Grizzlies Ernie Benitez sent his team into the half with the lead when he beat Fairchild after he tried to slide and make the stop.
"Those two goals they scored they ran right up the middle of our defense and that cannot happen," Pope said. "We cannot let teams run up the middle of our defense and we need to fix that or other teams will see it and exploit it."
Skyline dominated the opening minutes of the second half as they had three good scoring opportunities.
The best came mid-way through the half when Skyline's Fabian Ponce had a one-on-one opportunity with Fairchild, but his shot went wide right.
Despite all of the physical play and the less than stellar passing by both teams, The Broncos were finally able to get some offensive flow going late. That flow led to Oseguera's goal.
Oseguera had been dealing with cramps during most of the game, and after spending a couple of minutes getting treatment for them, he entered back in the game and scored the tying goal.
Oseguera was also involved in the foul that sent up the penalty kicks as the Grizzlies Brian Guerrero tackled Oseguera in the penalty area earning his second yellow card of the game, earning an ejection.
"You never want to see any game end on a penalty kick, but it was a foul," Pope said. "That was some aggressive play on both side and Ozzy got tackled hard in the box and we took advantage of the PK."
Blackfoot hosts Madison on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.