The Moberly Spartans got a late equalizer from Drake Briscoe to force overtime but fell 2-1 to the Kirksville Tigers Thursday night in their annual Pink Out Game at Dr. Larry K. Noel Spartan Stadium. The Tigers went ahead just before the halfway mark of the first half on a Minu Alberts goal. His shot from the top of the box hit the underside of the crossbar and spun over the goal line. The Spartans gradually settled in and put the Tigers under increasing pressure. That included shots from Ty Rogers and Jayden Mosher that hit the crossbar and stayed out early in the second half. Briscoe finally found the breakthrough late in regulation.
Colin Schowe with the call on KWIX and centralmoinfo.com of Briscoe’s fourth goal of the season. The Spartans were unable to complete the comeback victory as the Tigers found the winner just over four minutes into overtime from Sean James. Kirksville head coach Shawn Mientz recapped how the winning goal came about.
The goals by James and Alberts were both their second of the season. The Tigers improved to 7-6 on the season. Mientz praised his team’s response in overtime.
The defeat snaps a five-game winning streak for the Spartans as they drop to 10-5 on the season. It was also their first defeat in overtime this season. Moberly coach Bridger Pretz said the big issue was a slow start.
The Spartans dominated possession and chances in the second half. Pretz said his team had a renewed focus in the second half.
The Spartans are now two games back of first place Hannibal in the NCMC. They’ll visit the Pirates on Tuesday.
Kirksville coach Shawn Mientz
Moberly coach Bridger Pretz