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.
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.