Big Rebel comeback: ACCS erases two goal deficit, wins first playoff game
NATCHEZ — Lester Wells broke down the left sideline, slipped inside one defender with a flick of his right foot, did the same to a second defender to get into the middle of the penalty box and slid the soccer ball past a diving River Oaks goalkeeper.
The goal finished off a roaring Adams County Christian School comeback and pushed the Rebels to their first soccer playoff victory in school history.
“To see these guys come back from a 4-2 deficit was amazing,” ACCS head coach Jim Allgood said after the 5-4 win. “They turned up the intensity level, turned up the aggressiveness and dominated the second half.”
After jumping on top of River Oaks 2-0 early, the Rebels surrendered four-consecutive goals to put their season in jeopardy.
The Mustangs took a 3-2 lead into halftime, and scored just minutes into the second half. But after that, it was all ACCS.
The Rebels took the final 11 shots of the game with three of them finding the back of the net.
Wells finished with a hat trick. He scored the first two goals and then netted the game-winner.
“I knew Lester was battling through a knee injury, but he stepped it up,” Allgood said. “I asked him before the game, and he said he was 80 percent, but he gave 100 percent today.”
ACCS took a big hit when all-purpose player Dylan Galbreath collided with River Oaks’ Daniel Zollinger on a header in front of the Rebels’ goal.
Galbreath tried to remain in the game, but was forced to come out midway through the first half.
During that time, River Oaks went on its run. Alex Biedenharn scored first to make the score 2-1. Then Zollinger added a goal, which was followed by a goal from Jordan Sutton to give River Oaks a one-goal halftime lead.
Biedenharn scored again in the second half to give the Mustangs a two-goal advantage.
Galbreath returned in the second half, but he returned as a striker to help turn up the pressure for the Rebels. He created a few opportunities, Allgood said.
“Dylan took a head shot early on, and he had to come out and gather himself,” Allgood said. “But he came back and moved up to striker, and he helped us come back to get two goals.”
With time running out in the second half, ACCS put on its full attack, which lead to several scoring opportunities.
A few of those attempts were turned away before Trey Fleming found the back of the net on a breakaway.
Minutes later, Austin Walker was awarded a penalty kick after a hand ball in the penalty box. Walker missed a penalty kick earlier in the half, but left no doubt about his second opportunity and pounded it into the net to tie the game.
Wells goal came with just four minutes to go in the contest, and ACCS held onto its lead to win.
ACCS (18-4-1) will await the announcement of its second-round opponent. The game will be Thursday.