MAXWELL - The Collins-Maxwell boys’ soccer team won a double-overtime thriller over Prairie City-Monroe, 4-3, for its second victory in a row Friday at Maxwell.
The Spartans evened their season record at 3-3 after Ryan Sabastiano found the back of the net a little over five minutes into the second overtime off a ball from Addison Swaab.
A Josh Bruntz penalty kick midway through the second half tied the game at 3-3 for the Spartans. They held the Mustangs scoreless the rest of regulation to force overtime, where neither team could get on the board to set up a second extra session.
Collins-Maxwell led 2-1 at the half on goals by Carter Fricke. PCM scored the first two goals of the second half before Bruntz answered to set up the exciting finish.
“I was pleased with the team performances all week, which included the game earlier in the week again Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck. The team battled through difficult situations including the (shootout) loss (to GCGR) on Tuesday to win on Thursday (at Pella Christian) and Friday.”
Swaab finished the game with two assists and Will Hitchler had one for the Spartans. Brendyn Padget had seven saves at keeper.
PELLA - Collins-Maxwell used a strong first half to take down Pella Christian, 5-2, April 19 at Pella.
The Spartans built a 3-0 lead at the half. Josh Bruntz, Carter Fricke and Devin Carson each scored on goal for Collins-Maxwell over the first 40 minutes.
In the second half, Ryan Sabastiano took charge with two goals to help his team withstand a pair of Eagle scores to earn their second victory of the season. Bruntz finished the game with two assists and Fricke had one.
Keeper Brendyn Padget made five saves for Collins-Maxwell.
MAXWELL - Costly injuries hurt Collins-Maxwell in a 4-3 shootout loss to Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck in boys’ soccer April 17 at Maxwell.
The Spartans gave a gutsy effort in defeat. They tied the game in the final three minutes of regulation, then fought through injuries to keeper Brendyn Padget and top offensive threats Ryan Sabastiano and Carter Fricke in the two overtime sessions to force the shootout.
“They fought back hard at the end, especially with some injuries at the end,” Collins-Maxwell head coach Crystal Bruntz said. “It was was a team we’ve never beaten before, and we came the closest we ever have.”
Collins-Maxwell trailed 2-0 early, but Sabastiano scored off a great throw-in by Devin Carson with just under 11 minutes left in the first half. Addison Swaab found the net off a Sabastiano assist early in the second half to tie the score, but GCGR went on top again at the 63:29 mark on Eli Thede’s second goal of the game.
GCGR appeared to have the game in control heading down the stretch. But in desperation mode, Collins-Maxwell got a great run and capitalized on it with just 2:23 remaining when Sabastiano scored off a ball from Josh Bruntz.
In the first overtime, Collins-Maxwell both caught a break and a big blow at the same time when GCGR was awarded a penalty kick just over one minute into the session. Padget made a great save on the ball to keep the game going, but as he tried to get the ball off the deflection he hit his forehead on the ground and took a knee to the back of the neck, knocking him out of the game.
Cody Haugen came in at keeper and did an admirable job, with the help of a tough Spartan defense, to keep GCGR off the board in both overtime periods. The Spartans needed that defensive effort as Sabastiano was forced to the sidelines with a cramp late in the first overtime and Fricke also cramped up in the second extra session.
“That means we have a lot more depth than we’ve ever had,” Crystal Bruntz said, “which is really encouraging with the number of seniors, juniors as well as the sophomores coming up.”
In the shootout, Thede converted GCGR’s first attempt and then Josh Bruntz had his shot deflected by GCGR keeper Bryce Schick. Colton Clark was high on GCGR’s second shot and Carter Merryman followed with a score to give Collins-Maxwell life.
Walker Thede scored for GCGR and Will Hitchler was off the mark for Collins-Maxwell on the third attempt for each team. Travis Kuester then kept up GCGR’s momentum with a goal and Drake Ross answered for the Spartans.
In the final attempt for GCGR, Haugen made a great stop on a shot by Adam Hoy. But Schick returned the favor when Haugen attempted the final Spartan shot to end the game.
“It was a heck of a game,” Crystal Bruntz said. “I don’t know what else to say.”
Sabastiano finished with two goals and one assist in a losing effort for the Spartans, who fell to 1-3. Mason Skovgard scored GCGR’s other goal in regulation to help his team get the win.
GCGR 4, Collins-Maxwell 3 (Shootout)
GCGR 2 1 0 0 1 - 4
CM 1 2 0 0 0 - 3
GCGR - Eli Thede, 3:04.
GCGR - Mason Skovgard, 23:11.
CM - Ryan Sabastiano (Devin Carson), 29:02.
CM - Addison Swaab (Sabastiano), 45:41.
GCGR - Thede, 63:29.
CM - Sabastiano (Josh Bruntz), 77:37.
GCGR - Thede.
CM - Carter Merryman.
GCGR - Walker Thede.
GCGR - Travis Kuester.
CM - Drake Ross.