Nate Brinker scores game-winner in 2 OT for CM boys against Montoursville
MILL HALL – Central Mountain sophomore Nate Brinker scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to give Central Mountain a 3-2 win over Montoursville on Saturday.
The Wildcats earned their second win of the season thanks to Brinker’s match-sealing goal in the second overtime period. The win also marked Central Mountain ‘s first home victory of the season, and senior day for the team.
Central Mountain honored its six seniors on the team prior to the match in Cy Probst, Ryan Alexander, Blaine Falk, Marcus Smith, Chase Young and Damon Cherry.
Fifty fans sat in the bleachers on the Wildcats side, and 25 sat across the field on Montoursville’s side to watch two solid soccer teams compete. And those fans in attendance certainly got a show.
Both Central Mountain and Montoursville scraped and fought for a goal to begin the match. Both defenses would not give any open shots to the opposing offenses.
That was until Montoursville Mason Winslow gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead over the Wildcats when the sophomore slashed a ball into the Central Mountain net at the 21:06 mark.
Although, it was not much longer until Central Mountain responded back with a goal for the Wildcats. Junior Caden Malek tied things up for the Wildcats right before the end of the first half.
Playing from behind this season is not out of the normal for the Wildcats, Central Mountain coach Billy Hook said.
“They have been impressive with that,” Hook said. “They take a little knock, and we’ve been pretty good at bouncing back.”
The score was knotted at one at halftime.
To begin the second half, neither team was able to come close to scoring and neither goalie would budge. Montoursville’s Zach Baylor and Central Mountain’s Cy Probst both came up with some impressive stops for their teams to keep the score at one.
Then the Central Mountain Freshman Peyton Jones got one past Baylor, thanks to an assist by Chase Young, to put the Wildcats ahead 2-1 at 52:32.
With Central Mountain clinging to a 2-1 lead, deep into the second half, Montoursville’s offense finally found the goal again to tie it back up at two.
After two shots bounced off the goal, Montoursville junior Brayden McKibben scored for the Warriors at 74:31 to tie Central Mountain 2-2.
With just minutes remaining in regulation, Central Mountain had a decent look at a goal. Although the team’s last shot attempt, as the clock ticked away, ended up hitting the crossbar.
The first overtime period would reflect the majority of the second half as the two defenses refused to give anything up. The match would finally come to an end after Nate Brinker’s game-winner in the second overtime.
It was Young once again with the assist for the Wildcats, his second of the match.
Hook said the win was great for the program, but he wishes it would have ended in a less chaotic fashion for his team.
“I would have preferred not the overtime, but it was a gutsy win. First half they came out a little slow. I think we were excited for senior night,” Hook said.
The Wildcats are back in action on Tuesday when they host Selinsgrove.
Central Mountain 3, Montoursville 2 (2 OT)
CM-Caden Malek (Asher Talbot), 22:14. M-Mason Winslow (Dominick Pulizzi), 32:14. CM-Peyton Jones (Chase Young), 51:14. M-Brayden McKibben (Winslow), 63:14. CM-Nate Brinker (Young), 6:17.
Shots: M 16, CM 25. Corners: M 6, CM 3. Saves: M 10 (Zach Baylor), CM 6 (Cy Probst).