Tigers beat Kewpies in the final moments

Saturday, October 9, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:36 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Kewpies soccer team was munching on a post game spread of barbecue but the end of the game left them with a bitter aftertaste.

The Cape Central Tigers beat the Hickman Kewpies 3-2 Friday night at Cosmopolitan Park when Cole Crist scored in the games final minute.

The Tigers improved to 11-8 and the Kewpies fell to 8-6-3.

The Kewpies scored first when Jake Viers' cornerkick bounced of the head of a Tiger defender and landed at the feet of Omed Latifi who placed it for a goal in the 13th minute.

A Kewpie turnover at midfield allowed the Tigers to tie the game with two minutes left in the half when Jackson Bahn scored after Kewpies' keeper Drew Huckla deflected the Tigers previous shot.

The Kewpies rebounded quickly and regained lead with seconds left in the half when Michael Washington sent a left-footed shot that bounced off the right post in the goal.

The Tigers came out of halftime trailing 2-1 but improved their play in the second half by controlling the ball more in the Kewpies' end.

The Tigers tied the game in the 43rd minute when Lance Altenthal sent a cross that Tyson Whiteside headed in.

A Hickman handball in the box gave the Tigers a penalty kick in the 58th minute, but a diving save from Drew Huckla kept the Tigers taking the lead.

The missed opportunity wouldn't haunt the Tigers for long.

With seconds left in the game, Tigers midfielder Cole Crist was left unguarded about 25 yards from the goal and hit a shot that sailed over the reach of Huckla and in the net.

"I heard the referee say less than 30 seconds and the ball came to me so I took the shot," Crist said.

Huckla thought Crist's shot caught his defense by surprise.

"I think our whole defense didn't expect that to happen," Huckla said. "I think we just let up in the last ten seconds."

The loss in the waning seconds was especially hard for Hickman, who had victory snatched away in the final minute of games against Kickapoo and Quincy last weekend.

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