When Pomona senior Joevannie Rosales lined up for a game-winning discipline objective try with two seconds left in a tie recreation, it was an unthinkable second.
Rosales, a soccer participant by commerce, determined to provide soccer a go together with soccer not being performed this fall — a call that paid off with an unforgettable second when the senior kicked a 40-yard discipline objective as time expired to push No. four Pomona previous No. 6 Ralston Valley 17-14 on Friday evening at North Space Athletic Complicated.
“I assumed it was going far proper, however I don’t know,” Rosales recalled. “It went in after which every part simply stopped after which all my teammates simply got here working up and it was an amazing second, an amazing feeling.”
The Panthers had one timeout and a full discipline in entrance of them once they bought the ball for the ultimate possession.
Driving down the sphere, a 12 yard-run from AJ Zamora pushed them over midfield with a minute left because the senior tailback dipped out of bounds to cease the clock. Seconds later, senior Jack Pospisil accomplished his solely cross of the second half, discovering junior Isaiah Alvarez on a curl route the place he was capable of dance to the sidelines to cease the clock.
Pospisil centered the ball on the 24-yard line and coach Jay Madden used his closing timeout.
The 14-14 recreation was on the foot of Rosales.
“I began kicking simply a few months in the past,” Rosales stated. “I used to be scared after I began due to how they practiced. It took slightly getting used to as a result of I’m used to enjoying soccer so after I run-up (to kick the ball), I take extra steps.”
Snap-down, maintain good, a number of steps from Rosales and the ball was drilled.
The tip outcome: Pomona’s first win over Ralston Valley in three years.
“He was kicking in PE class someday and I’m like, ‘Hey, we gotta a minimum of strive it,” Madden stated of his kicker. “To finish one of many greatest rivalries within the state like that was superior.”
Pomona (3-0) pounded the ball all Friday evening, bruising the Mustangs (2-1) on punishing drives. The Panthers bought every of their touchdowns on the bottom, one from Pospisil and one other from Chase Muller.
A second-half Pospisil interception arrange a brief landing drive for Ralston Valley, which was capped by Zach Friedman’s landing run. A couple of minutes later Friedman linked with Devin McNearny for a 55-yard pitch and catch. That arrange a Friedman-to-Charlie Carlston 14-yard rating which tied the sport at 14 with beneath 5 minutes to go.