For 99 minutes, Burleson Centennial and Fort Worth North Side were locked in a struggle and it seemed Thursday’s Class 4A Region I area-round playoff game was headed to a shootout.
Then North Side committed a costly foul in the box with 58 seconds to play in the second half of overtime on Centennial’s B.J. Rodrick.
Rodrick fired the ball past the Steers’ diving keeper for a 2-1 lead. The Spartans survived a last-second shot that went wide of the post to win at Handley Field in Fort Worth.
Centennial (22-3-3), which reached the third round of the playoffs for the first time in its two-year history, will play the winner of Fort Worth Trimble Tech and Stephenville in a sectional playoff next week.
For most of the game, North Side (14-8-5) had the run of play and created more chances especially with the wind in the first half. Centennial keeper Mason Stringer made numerous nice saves to keep things scoreless going into the half.
In the final 20 minutes of regulation things heated up.
North Side took a 1-0 lead in the 64th minute when Antonio Top scored on a penalty kick.
Four minutes later, Centennial’s Cord Martinez found the ball at his feet and slotted a shot into the net to tie the game. The goal came after a couple of missed chances that resulted in a rebound for Martinez.
Minutes later Centennial keeper Ron Reid made a save off a shot that deflected off Alex Pantalici, who was on the ground. The ball kicked off Pantalici and right to Reid, who deflected it away.
Each team had a scoring chance in overtime. The foul on Rodrick came off a long ball played downfield.
“When you think you are going to go to a shootout and you lose on a penalty kick it’s rough,” North Side coach Garth Briggeman said. “In overtime they came out a little more fired up and played better in that first 10 than we did. Other than that I thought we dominated the other 90 minutes and that’s what it so hard for these guys to take. To have it end here instead of two or three weeks is tough.”
Centennial coach Chance Rose said his team did what it needed to advance.
“They had the edge offensively but I would say we held our own.” Rose said. “We were the better team when it mattered, we put our chance away and they didn’t.”
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