You could see the look of disappointment on the faces of the Lakeside boys soccer players.
After the Panthers took Class AAAA's second-ranked team, the Pope Greyhounds, into overtime, they knew they had a chance to upend one of the state's elite teams.
Instead, Pope found a way to beat Lakeside 1-0, scoring the game's only goal in the first overtime period to run its record to 12-0-1 on the season.
Early in the first overtime period, Pope's Kevin Turner's kick was blocked by Lakeside's Prem Shetty. However, Tim Sturgis got control of the loose ball and scored to give the Greyhounds the lead for good with 7:12 left in the first overtime.
"We played them well," said Lakeside goalkeeper Bo Brandenberg. "We matched them the whole game, and I think the contest could have went either way."
The Panthers managed 10 shots on goals in regulation, but they managed only three in the two overtime periods. Lakeside dominated the contest during regulation and had several scoring opportunities, but Pope's aggressive defense inside Lakeside's penalty area kept the Panthers off the scoreboard.
Late in the first half, Lakeside flirted with breaking the scoreless tie, but came away empty. Grant Guthrie had a good opportunity off a corner kick from Rob Bohler with 16:10 left in the first half, but was denied.
Then with 13:15 left in the first half, Pope denied Guthrie's head ball to keep the game scoreless.
"I was trying my hardest to cross on it," Guthrie said. "I had no angle on it, but I guess I should have finished the first ball off. It would have definitely made a big difference."
Those weren't the only scoring opportunities.
Just minutes into the second half, Matt Meeks had what seemed to be a sure goal for Lakeside, but the ball ricocheted off the cross bar.
Then with 21:13 left in regulation, a head ball by Guthrie again ricocheted off the cross bar.
Even though the Panthers seemed rather sluggish after taking a week off for spring break, they gave Pope all it could handle throughout the first and second halves.
But when Lakeside seemed to slow down late in the game, Pope seemed to heat up. However, the Panthers' defense denied what seemed to be sure Pope goals in the second half, highlighted by two saves from Brandenberg.
Even though Lakeside wasn't looking for a moral victory, Class AAAA's seventh-ranked Panthers got some much-needed confidence in their final regular-season match.
"I think this game reinforces that we can play with anybody in the state," said Lakeside coach Dave Morgan, whose team fell to 10-4-1. "If we convert on a couple of opportunities we had, we come out on top."
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