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Boys soccer: OVERTIME WINNER - Tigers beat Storm Lake, 2-1

Friday, April 13, 2012

Teammates pile on Spencer's Matt Behrens (#8) after he scored the winning goal in overtime against Storm Lake Thursday, April 12 at the Spencer Soccer Complex. The goal gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory in a contest that was marked by lots of contact. The win comes after a shootout win against MOC-Floyd Valley on Tuesday, April 10. The Tigers improve to 4-0-1 on the season.
(Photo by Michael Fischer)
For the second time in three days, the Tigers needed extra time but came away a dramatic Lakes Conference victory. Thursday evening it took a Matt Behrens winner in the first overtime to defeat Lakes rival Storm Lake, 2-1, at Spencer Soccerplex.

Spencer trailed 1-0 at halftime but got an equalizer on a Nigel Nielsen penalty kick after he was taken down in the box. Nielsen pushed the ball into the lower-right corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season.

After finishing regulation knotted at 1-1, the game head to the first 10-minute period. With 4:34 remaining on the clock, Behrens found the back of the net from the middle of the box to seal the win.

The seventh-ranked Tigers improve to 4-0-1 and the Tornadoes fall to 0-1, as they were playing their season opener Thursday night. Spencer defeated MOC-Floyd Valley in a shootout Tuesday evening in Spencer.

"We worked really hard tonight, playing our third game of the week, and I thought we played the better soccer tonight," Spencer coach Ben MacRae. "We expected a close game. Storm Lake is probably the best side we've played this year. I expect them to give a lot of people problems and win a lot of games. They just didn't execute their chances tonight."

Spencer's conditioning has been put to the test this week, with three games in four days, two of which went into overtime.

"A lot of credit goes to our fitness. We work really hard in our preseason conditioning and we're match-fit now. A lot of guys played the full game tonight and the other night," MacRae said.

Spencer has rattled off four wins in a row after tying Spirit Lake Park-Okoboji in the season opener. Thursday's battle with Storm Lake was another tightly contested match, which featured numerous fouls and plenty of contact.

"The refs let the game go a bit more in the first half, but they got ahold of it in the second half," MacRae said. "Our guys play hard, but they don't play dirty. I just thought we out-worked them tonight, and I'm delighted by that."

Spencer will play twice next week, Monday at Fort Dodge and Thursday at home versus Unity Christian.


Storm Lake100--1


Second half: Nigel Nielsen

Overtime: Matt Behrens

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were family of matthew behrens in england and have followed his soccer since he was 5 years old were very proud of him.well down matthew good game and brilliant goal.

-- Posted by hillsea on Fri, Apr 13, 2012, at 4:40 PM

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