Lincoln strikes twice late to turn Bruins away
A series of near misses prevent Barlow from entering a penalty-kick shootout
6A BOYS SOCCER
State quarterfinals OT
PORTLAND Barlow netted an early goal and held the lead for an hour, but couldn't quite get to the final whistle during a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 4-ranked Lincoln in the 6A boys soccer quarterfinals Saturday.
The Bruins' goal came less than 10 minutes into the match when Cody Milos hit a free kick from the center line that set up Madison Bivins to challenge the keeper at the post. Lincoln's Cameron Bennett got in position to block the dangerous ball, but it rolled out of a crowd and settled in front of Barlow's Colton Stensrud. All that he faced was the white mesh of the net for a quick finishing touch.
That lead held up until the late stages of play when Lincoln's Joey Resnick found the equalizer from the top of the box and celebrated by sliding across his knees toward the home crowd.
The Cardinals netted the winning goal four minutes into overtime when a corner kick bounced around the box, ending with Gabe Barnatan hitting a low ball into the right side.
Barlow created three solid chances over the final 10 minutes the last coming when Kyle Leliefeld sent a deep throw into the box.
Bivins tried to replicate his bicycle-kick heroics from the team's first-round upset over Sheldon, but this time he was working in a crowd. He flipped upside down, and missed the ball with white shirts surrounding him. The ball bounced through to the top of the box where teammate Zach Lustig closed in quickly and wrinkled the net with a blast from 20 yards out.
But the goal was not to be.
A split-second before Lustig made contact, the ref sounded his whistle signaling a foul for a dangerous play. Lincoln was awarded a free kick to end the match.
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