SFR ousts BV on controversial call

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Staff report

Keeley Meier/BV Journal 

BV senior midfielder Carson Barton takes to the air to gain control of the ball in the first-round playoff game last week. Roosevelt won on a late-game goal set up by a controversial call.

It wasn’t the ending the Lynx boys’ soccer team had scripted. In fact, the way Brandon Valley’s opening game of the post-season on Oct. 6 against Sioux Falls Roosevelt – a team they had defeated just days earlier – came to a screeching halt on “a somewhat controversial foul,” BV coach Chris Limmer said.
 
With the score tied at 1-all and less than a minute to play, it looked as though the game was headed into overtime.
 
Then came the call.
 
Against the Lynx.
 
And from all accounts, it should have been charged to the Rough Riders.
 
On the ensuing free kick, which was taken during the confusion of the situation, Roosevelt served a long ball from midfield toward the top of the Lynx penalty area. BV failed to clear the ball, which went to a Roosevelt player positioned on the outside the right side of the penalty area. He was able to control the ball and served it across the face of the goal and found teammate Abiaza Kane on the far post, who knocked in his second goal of the game with only 30 seconds left to play.
 
Clearly disappointed by the outcome, Limmer and his team reflected on the season.
 
“After the game, we talked about all the things we had done this year that were successful. Despite having this game and our season end so bitterly, we still had a lot to be proud of,” Limmer told his team.
 
BV struck first in the evenly-contested match when senior Lawson Lambertz scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season just 12 minutes in on a pass from Carson Barton, which was his fifth assist of the year, also a team best.  
 
Roosevelt picked up the pressure and responded seven minutes later to even the score.
 
Most of the 2-1 loss was somewhat evenly contested, with the Riders having a slight majority of the possession, but the Lynx being dangerous on counter attacks. BV fired 14 shots, four of which were on goal, while the Riders had six on goal of their 28 shots. Both teams were issued seven fouls, but Roosevelt was fanned two yellow cards to BV’s one.
 
Lynx goalkeeper Ayden Spicer had four saves to his credit and SFR had three.
 
BV ends their season with a 5-5-3 record, marking 30 goals for and 17 against, and graduates 10 seniors from the program. 
 

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