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Stoppage time victory highlights an eventful night of competitive soccer

The Men’s Competitive Soccer team, Thunder, scored in extra time to prevail 2–1 over the Wolverines in one of four BYU-Idaho competitive soccer games played on Friday night.

Justin Stokes, a sophomore studying exercise physiology, played hero for the Thunders when he took a stretch pass from the goalkeeper and wired a shot into the bottom left corner of the net.

“As soon as I touched the ball, it was just instinct at that point,” Stokes said. “As soon as I released it, I knew it was either going in or the keeper was going to get it. But based off the positioning of the shot, I was pretty confident that it was in.”

Stokes’ goal came in response to a late equalizing goal from the Wolverines’ Donohue Gordon. In the final minute of regulation time, Gordon found the back of the net with a shot from just above the penalty box.

“You know, when they scored the goal, I was bummed, obviously, it was the equalizer,” said Thunder goalkeeper, Braxton Medeiros, a sophomore studying software engineering. “But you know, my team didn’t give up and yeah, we just sent a long ball to Justin and he got the job done.”

The game ended up a tight defensive match-up, despite the late-game scoring outburst.

“It was a hard-fought battle,” Stokes said. “The other team has amazing talent; our team has amazing talent. It was just a hard battle the entire way. The defense won the game 100%. I got pretty lucky at the end there. Without the defense, the game was lost.”

In other Friday night action, a first-half penalty kick goal helped the Hawks roll to a 4–0 victory over the 88ers, while the Titans claimed a 2–1 win over the Spartans.

Member of the 88ers does a corner kick.
Member of the 88ers does a corner kick. Photo credit: Olivia Weaver

Over at the BYU-Idaho Stadium, the Women’s Competitive Soccer 88ers scored a goal just beyond the midway point of the first half and found a pair of goals in the second half. The 88ers prevailed 3–0 over the Vikings.

BYU-I’s Competitive Sports leagues will continue over the coming weeks. A schedule of upcoming games can be found on the Campus Rec website.

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