The Bunn boys soccer team edged the N.C. School of Science and Math 3-2 on Monday night to all but win the Northern Carolina Conference as the Wildcats (16-0-2, 11-0-1) leapfrogged the Unicorns (12-4-2, 11-1-1) with just two games remaining.
With 2 minutes, 15 seconds showing on the clock, following a Unicorn giveaway, Bunn’s Brian Husinko nabbed his second goal of the game to get the win.
Just 20 seconds later, NCSSM almost had an answer. The Unicorns attempted a free kick and, after their initial free kick was blocked, the second attempt appeared to tie the game. But one of NCSSM’s players was offside, waving off the tying goal.
“He said when the ball came back out and Ben shot, that one of our players didn’t come out of the play, that he remained in an offside position because he tried to go up with the header. His attempt put him offsides,” said Unicorns coach Joe Shields.
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The Wildcats escaped but only after blowing a 2-0 lead at halftime. With goals from Husinko and Mason Makar, Bunn took a stranglehold of the momentum, but saw it quickly vanished as NCSSM dominated the second half.
“We got sloppy. We were ball-watching at points. I think sometimes my team needs to see a ball go into the net to get back on the horse and get back into the game,” said Wildcats coach Charles Haley. “They let two in which is more than I’d like for them to do. But all season long, that has been our forte – giving one up and getting it back really quickly. We can take some punches, but we can throw some, too.”
After NCSSM scored two unanswered goals to tie the game, they were close to scoring more.
The Unicorns had a shot go off the crossbar, two free kicks that barely missed and several opportunities in close and around the net. They outshot the Wildcats 16-8.
BY THE NUMBERS
63: The number of minutes in which Bunn had the lead in the game.
12: Saves made by Bunn goalkeeper Jake Moore.
Bunn will finish their season with a road contest against Franklinton Tuesday night before their season finale against Roanoke Rapids at home. A win in either game locks up a co-championship and a coveted No. 1 seed.
NCSSM closes out the regular season at last-place Warren County.