Two familiar NCMC opponents delivered a thrilling contest in chilly Moberly, Missouri. The Mexico Bulldogs completed the comeback and defeated the Moberly Spartans 3-2 on penalty kicks to sweep the season series between the two programs.
Moberly pounced first in the first half, thanks to a Jordan Rasico goal midway through the half. Rasico was not finished however, as the senior striker added on another goal late in the first half to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Bulldogs would not stop fighting however, and in the second half made it a one-goal game with a goal by Fernando Guzman off of a deflected shot from James Branson. Mexico found the back of the net once again in the second half, this time courtesy of Gage Walker.
Both sides had chances in the two overtime periods to score, none more significant than a penalty kick attempt by Moberly in the second overtime. However, goalie Emille Scanavino had other plans. Scanavino saved the penalty kick shot in the second overtime, and went on to save two more penalty kicks along with scoring one of his own in the PK shootout. Mexico won the shootout 3-0 and came out victorious over Moberly.
Mexico coach William Gleeson spoke about his goalkeeper’s stellar performance.
Gleeson says that his team found life after their first goal in the second half.
Spartan Coach Bridger Pretz says that his team could not put the Bulldogs away up 2-0 at halftime.
Pretz says that even in defeat his squad can use this match as a learning experience for the future.
Moberly falls to 2-15-1 on the season. Mexico moves to 5-14. The Spartans face Fatima on the road next. The Bulldogs will take on Wright City at home.
Moberly Coach Bridger Pretz Full Postgame Interview:
Mexico Coach William Gleeson Full Postgame Interview: