North Side boys score in overtime, move on to regional semifinals

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Fort Worth North Side’s Cristian Navarro converted a free kick in the 88th minute that stood up for a 3-2 overtime victory in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal against Wichita Falls Rider on Tuesday.

Fort Worth North Side nearly won in regulation, but the Raiders’ Jesus Hinojosa scored with 39 seconds remaining to force overtime.

The Steers didn’t let the disappointment of the late goal linger into overtime.

“You give up that goal at the end and the momentum swings, and the other team has a second life,” North Side coach Garth Briggeman said. “Fortunately, we came out and we scored.”

With the victory, North Side (23-5-1) advances to the regional semifinals and will play El Paso Andress at 4 p.m. Friday at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium.

Navarro played a key role in North Side’s first lead, sending a free kick into the box that Buhirwa Issa headed into the goal. That put North Side ahead 2-1 in the 66th minute. The Raiders (19-4-2) didn’t threaten until the very end when defender Ryan Mickus’ long-range shot bounced off the post and Hinojosa was there for the rebound.

Rider struck quickly into the match on a set piece as Cameron Dailey flicked a throw-in to the back post, where Andrew Aquallo was there to convert in the 6th minute.

But North Side freshman Jairo Suarez delivered a powerful strike from 30 yards out in the 28th minute to tie the game at 1-1. The Steers had two other good looks in the first half, but Rider goalie Braydon Lifland saved both close calls.

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