Gomez’ goal leads Tahoe Mutiny to soccer title
August 22, 2005
Oscar Gomez’ scored with five minutes left in the second overtime and Tahoe Mutiny beat San Antonio 3-2 Monday night in the Lake Tahoe Soccer League Open Division championship game at the South Lake Tahoe Community Playfields.
With both teams down a player because of card infractions, Gomez scored on a header off a long ball from Julio Loera to give Tahoe the come-from-behind victory. San Antonio stepped up its pressure after the goal but was unable to find the equalizer.
The Mutiny battled back twice from one-goal deficits. The first came in the first half, when Sean Nealis drilled a shot from 35 yards out to tie it at 1. Then in the second half, Tahoe went down a player because of a red card and San Antonio took advantage.
Manuel Lizaola hit a beautiful volley from 25 yards that bounced off the post and into net, giving his team a 2-1 lead. But with just 10 minutes left, Jeremy Evans sent a cross across the box that was headed into the net by former Whittell High star Nestor Flores as Tahoe evened the game at 2.
The game then went into overtime, which involved two 10-minute periods, and would’ve been followed with a penalty kick shootout had neither team scored. But after an uneventful first overtime period, Gomez made sure the game didn’t extend any further.
With both teams tiring, Loera sent a swerving left-footed cross over the top of the San Antonio defense. The ball took one bounce and Gomez flicked a shot past the keeper for the game-winning goal.
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The Tahoe faction of the standing-room only crowd rushed one corner and then its defense held off a late San Antonio rally. During the play that led to Gomez’ goal, San Antonio wanted an offsides call, and the gripe had possible merit, but the sideline referee didn’t make the call.
It was the first time this season Tahoe had beaten San Antonio. Despite being the regular season champions and the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, the Mutiny lost 3-2 and tied San Antonio during the regular season.
In the third-fourth place game on Monday, No. 3 seed Buenavista defeated No. 4 seed Corona 5-2.
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