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Archive for Wednesday, September 8, 1999

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September 8, 1999

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Steve Savage's third goal gave the Chieftains a 3-2 victory in the final minute.

Two goals weren't enough for Ottawa's Steve Savage Tuesday night on a wet soccer field in Tonganoxie.

After Tonganoxie tied the game in the final three minutes, Savage, a junior forward, knew he had to make something happen and did, scoring his third goal of the night in the final minute to give the Cyclones a 3-2 victory.

"I knew I had to have it," Savage said. "I saw the clock and knew it had to be down to 30 seconds or so. I felt like I was in the World Cup."

Chieftains goalkeeper Dave Gepner deflected the shot but the ball bounced off the ground and into the left side of the net.

"We played to the last whistle," Ottawa coach Glen Cahill said. "We didn't pack it in. We kept pressing toward the goal and it worked to perfection."

Savage's first goal was in the second minute, off a pass from junior Brian Franklin, who also assisted on Savage's second goal in the 72nd minute.

Tonganoxie had tied the game at 2-2 in the 77th minute on a goal by sophomore Dustin Schultz.

Junior Mark Gepner threw the ball in to Schultz, who beat the defender to the ball and then kicked it into the right corner over goalkeeper Kevin Prentice's head.

Tonganoxie's first goal came in the 16th minute on a shot by junior Mike Andrews to tie the score at 1-1 off a pass from Mark Gepner.

"Our offense is something we worked on," Chieftains coach Harold Pittman said. "We had some guys finishing the ball."

Tonganoxie had other chances on Ottawa's half of the field, including two after their second goal, but couldn't capitalize.

"We sometimes wanted to run the ball straight when we should have been inside-out," Pittman said. "We had 22 to 24 minutes of solid passing and I'd like to build on that for the rest of the year."

Ottawa spent much of the game on Tonganoxie's side of the field, but were often shut down by Kyle Rodell.

"He is one of our better offense players," Pittman said, "but because of his knowledge of the game we moved him back. It's one of my better moves this year."

Pittman said he thought the teams were evenly matched and that Tonganoxie outplayed Ottawa in the second half, but the Cyclones got the shots.

Coach Cahill agreed.

"We had several opportunities but with the wet ball and wet field we couldn't get the ball in the net," he said.

"Tonganoxie's a great team, a great defense and did a great job in the midfield," Cahill added. "It's one you hate to see someone walk away from on the L-side."

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