It took them 13 games to do it, but the Griffin Bears boys soccer team finally won its first game of the year, outlasting the Mundy’s Mill Tigers in penalty kicks Monday evening at Griffin High. The game was played in soggy conditions, with puddles of water all along the field's end lines.
“The young guys came through for the seniors tonight,” said Bears head coach Joel Pasch. “It’s good to end the season on a winning note. It gives the seniors one to go out on and the younger guys can build on this for next season.”
Xavier Coggins got the ball rolling for Griffin (1-12) with a goal in the first half to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. Mundy’s Mill tied it minutes later and the score remained 1-1 at the half.
Wilks Hope scored Griffin’s second goal and Griffin senior Hugo Jurado scored a goal to tie the match at three. Hope scored again to give the Bears a 4-3 lead, but the Tigers tied it at four with nine minutes left in regulation. After there was no score in the two overtime periods, the game came down to penalty kicks.
Griffin’s Micah Arrington and Nathan Flitcroft made two PKs. After 3 saves, Bears keeper Edward Glanton made the final penalty kick to win the game.
"What has impressed me most about this team is their character," Pasch said. "Only one guy quit the team this year. That shows me a lot right there."