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Crusaders stay perfect in OT games with 2-1 win against Father Tolton

Crusaders stay perfect in OT games with 2-1 win against Father Tolton

October 11th, 2018 by Tom Rackers in Sports Prep

It was Pink Out Night Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 as the Helias Crusaders fought to earn a 2-1 soccer win against the Father Tolton Trailblazers at the Crusader Athletic Complex.

Extra time is Helias time.

Wednesday night, the Crusaders went to overtime for the fourth time this season. And for the fourth time, they won as Nick Brandt scored in a scramble in the final minute of the first extra period to lift the Crusaders to a 2-1 win against the Father Tolton Trailblazers at the Crusader Athletic Complex.

"The boys just don't like to lose," Helias coach Jay Hebenheiemer said. "We don't like to concede, we want to better our season.

"It's heart that wins you tough games like this one."

All four of the overtime wins have come by the score of 2-1, including two against Tolton.

The Crusaders got the game-winner Wednesday night after the Trailblazers failed to clear the ball from their half of the field with about 1:30 to play.

Helias worked the ball toward the Tolton net and during the traffic jam in front of the goal, Brandt was able to score his seventh game-winner of the season.

"Nick knows where to be when we need him," Hebenheimer said. "I can't say enough about him and his ability."

Helias had the better of play early Wednesday night.

"We were in control in the first 20 minutes of the first half, the first 30 minutes of the first half," Hebenheimer said. "It's good soccer, it's pretty to watch when we're on."

The Crusaders got on the board with a little more than eight minutes remaining in the first half when Brandt found Kaleb Wilson, who knocked a low shot into the net.

That was one of the few mistakes made by Tolton keeper Blake Hinerman.

"Hinerman played an impressive game, he made some crazy saves," Hebenheimer said.

Helias finished with a 13-4 edge in total shots in the first half, including a 6-2 advantage on those on net.

The Trailblazers (5-11-1) evened the game about five minutes into the second half on a goal by Sammy Gonzalez.

Isaac Johnson of Helias did his best to try to keep the game from going to overtime, putting together three great scoring chances in the final five minutes. One rattled off the post, the other two were stopped by Hinerman.

"He's hammering it, he's aiming it," Hebenheimer said. "You're never going to beat the post, but (Hinerman) made two great saves on him."

Helias (13-5) is back in action today against the Marshall Owls (11-2). The JV game will start at 5 p.m., with the varsity contest to begin around 6 p.m.

"This is an important game for us," Hebenheimer said. "We have a plan and we're going to see if we can get it to work for us."

Marshall is a potential Class 3 District 13 tournament foe for Helias and with a win, the Crusaders would likely wrap up the No. 1 seed.