RIVERSIDE: Once again, much like what happened at the beginning of King’s season, the game came down to the final minutes. Or, put another way, a win was lost in the final minutes.
King and Corona dueled throughout what was a really good game under a beautiful setting sky, but the last gasp goal of their opponents had King walking off the field humbled with yet another missed opportunity.
Corona tied the game with only two minutes to play.
Prior to that heartbreaking moment, King was executing well. Osvaldo Padilla scored the first of the two goals on King’s ledger in the 50th minute, assisted nicely by Enriquie Galindo.
Leo Mendez off an assist from Gavin Blomdahl scored 15 minutes later.
But the Wolves had some misfortune in the first half. In what would have proved to be the winning score, Chris Anklam’s shot hit the post and bounced away. Then again late in the game, just before Corona made it 2-2, Chris Shearer had a great header but the goalie for Corona made an outstanding save, denying King yet another chance to secure the win.
Goalie Bryan Shihad lamented the outcome but reached out to grab hold of the bigger picture. “The tie doesn’t hurt us but we can’t have another game like this if we want to win league” he said.
Head coach Todd Mapes added, “even though we got one point (in the standings) tonight, it kind of feels like a loss since we had this game under control. We are still in first place and must now focus on a tough Centennial team on Thursday.”
So it was another frustrating moment, not enough to make them fit to be tied up in anger, but certainly enough to fuel them through every minute of the next game.
King is 2-0-1 in the Big 8 and an impressive 11-5-2 on the season.