Demopolis soccer downed at last second

Published 11:09 pm Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Demopolis (2-4-2) watched a valiant effort fall by the wayside Tuesday as Holy Spirit connected on a goal in the final second of play to pick up the 2-1 win.

“It was just a desperation corner (kick),” Holy Spirit head coach Fred Appiah said. “I pushed up everybody.”

The game’s decisive play came when Braden Fowler finished off the corner attempt with the goal.

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“He’s my keeper really,” Appiah said of Fowler. “It took a lucky bounce. (Demopolis) played hard. They deserved the draw.”

“To lose it right there in the last second of the game really makes it bad,” Tiger coach Peter Keen said.

The Tigers battled their way to a scoreless game at halftime before Holy Spirit’s Alexander Ajoloko struck early in the second half for the first goal of the game.

Demopolis responded with 27:36 left on the game clock when Trent McDowell scored on his own corner kick for the only DHS goal of the game.

“We had possession 90 percent of the game. When you hold the ball that long, you should win,” Keen said. “You hold 90 percent possession of the ball, that means you’re hustling more than the other team is. It is frustrating as a coach to see your team hold the ball longer and take more shots on goal and still lose.”

The Tigers continued working with their lineup Tuesday.

“We’ve just not found the right combination yet,” Keen said. “We’ve still got some work to do. We tried something new this time, putting a defender up and a midfielder back.”