Saving a penalty can be difficult in the simplest of circumstances, but trying to save one that could potentially end your season and send your team home, well, that’s about as hard as it can get. be it for a guardian.
A 0-0 score after two overtime periods forced a penalty shootout in Wednesday afternoon’s 4A playoff game between Stansbury and Ogden. Devun Collins of Stansbury faced Ogden’s fifth penalty shot after his team scored 2 for 5 in his first five shots.
If conceded, the penalty shot would end Stansbury’s game and season with him.
âI just tried to calm my mind and focus on his hips so I could see where he was trying to shoot,â Collins said.
The photo was taken, Collins dove to his left and Stansbury supporters erupted.
âI guessed right and saved him,â Collins said after the game with a big smile.
The clutch stoppage forced a sixth penalty down for both teams, which both teams converted. The seventh, Stansbury rookie Larry Ramirez, stepped in to take him for the Stallions and found the back of the net. Ogden’s sailed over the crossbar, ending the shootout at 4-3 in favor of the Stallions, who struck their ticket in the 4A quarterfinal round.
Collins recorded two saves in the shootout, as did Ogden goalkeeper Josh Whelan.
âIt was awesome. There is nothing better than saving a penalty, especially when you do it in a shootout at the end of the game, âsaid Collins.
âHe’s really a stallion,â Stansbury head coach Jacob Jones said of his junior goalie.
Jones also mentioned that Collins has been frustrated with himself since Stansbury lost to Juan Diego in a shootout on March 15 in which Collins guessed wrong with every penalty shot.
âWe had a few practices where we did shootouts and he was wrong and jumping all over the place,â Jones said. âHe finally settled in and he was so excited after he came up to me and said, ‘I finally settled down as a coach, I got it!’ He did a fantastic job. He hit four (hits), and that’s more than you can ask for in a shootout.
The shootout was a fitting end to what was a fairly even contest for 100 minutes of play. Stansbury looked like he was on the verge of making a breakthrough for much of the second half and extra time, but was never able to. capitalize on the chances he had.
âIt was rambling and it wasn’t our prettiest game,â Jones said. âThere were a lot of guys who had opportunities and didn’t put them in when they normally do, so the guys gave up on this one.
Even though it wasn’t their best final game, Jones praised the defense showing his team had been successful.
âThe defensive effort and making sure Ogden didn’t have a chance of his own was the biggest key,â Jones said. â(Ogden) had a few chances that they could have tidied up and luckily it didn’t work in their direction.
Ogden played hard and put in an impressive effort given his 5-0 loss to Stansbury earlier in the season, which Jones said was a much closer game than the score indicated.
Wednesday’s game was the first for Stansbury in nearly 19 days due to complications from COVID-19 in his schedule. The break forced Stansbury to cancel a game with Ogden that would have taken place towards the end of the regular season.
Given the team’s long hiatus, Jones said he was happy when he saw the draw, knowing his squad would face another Region 10 team he was familiar with.
âIt was a plus for us to have a familiar opponent in our first game. We were thrilled with that and it’s a great opportunity, âsaid Jones.
Collins said the fact that his team was coming out of what the players were feeling was a very long break makes the victory even sweeter.
âIt’s really, really good. It feels good to be able to come back on the pitch and come back to a victory, âhe said.
If facing a familiar opponent is a plus, the Stallions are once again in a good position as they will face another Region 10 opponent in No.1 seed Juan Diego in the quarter-finals on May 12. .
Stansbury was unable to beat the Soaring Eagle during the regular season, but played it closely the two times the teams shared the pitch. The aforementioned shootout loss was the result of Game One, while Juan Diego won Game Two 1-0.
âWe’re super excited,â Jones said of the quarterfinal game. âWe saw the draw and thought we had to go through Ogden first and then we can dream of what else we can do because we faced them every time we went to their field. .