(Photo by Michael Fischer)
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.
Second half: Nigel Nielsen
Overtime: Matt Behrens