On a night when they were missing their head coach and playing their final game before District 11-4A play kicks off, the Guyer boys seemed to have a home win in their back pocket as the clock ticked down.
Instead, the win literally slipped through the hands of the Wildcats on Friday night when Carrollton Creekview scored with 36 seconds remaining. Guyer goalkeeper Carlos Enriquez mishandled a high, lofted shot, and the ball was redirected right onto the foot of an awaiting Creekview player who put the ball in the back of the net to forge a 1-1 draw.
“Bad things happen to good people, and that’s a perfect example,” Guyer assistant coach Cory Jensen said. “Sometimes it’s just not in the cards for you. The keeper knows the mistake he made and everyone else does too, and he knows exactly what he did. He knows he had a shutout prior to that. Ultimately, the other kids have to lift him up at this point instead of beating him up.”
Guyer head coach Cody Schroeder was serving a one-game suspension after being ejected from Tuesday’s home game against against Frisco Wakeland, a 4-3 loss. Schroeder received a yellow card early in the game and later in the first half drew a red card. Jensen coached the remainder of the game as Guyer came back from a 3-0 deficit to nearly tie the game late.
Schroeder watched Friday’s game from the press box, even though officials told him he could be on the sideline as long as he didn’t coach.
He said it was the first time in his 19 years as a head coach that he has missed a game.
“It was very weird and a very difficult feeling to be up here for the first time in 19 years — over 300 games — and I’m not able to have an impact on what’s going on in a game,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder did find solace in the fact that since the game was not a district contest and did not have postseason implications, his team could use his absence as a lesson.
“I think it’s a chance for them to step up and take some more responsibility on themselves to deal with the adversity of not having the head coach,” Schroeder said “This is an opportunity for them to step up and produce.”
The Wildcats (6-5-3) dominated the play throughout, controlling the possession and the run of play while outshooting Creekview in the scoreless first half.
The Wildcats had plenty of scoring opportunities in the second half but made only one count.
In the 65th minute, Luis Muro controlled a free ball at midfield and sent a pass up the right side in front of a running Bryan Jacinto.
Jacinto pressed nearly to the backline before crossing inside to a group of players waiting in the box. The ball went past one Guyer attacker and appeared to go past the Wildcats’ Connor Bourgeios, who turned and back-heeled the ball into the Creekview net.
“At halftime, I went and talked with the boys and told them the only way we’d break them down was go down the flanks,” Jensen said. “It had been open the entire game and it was something we were waiting for. We encourage a lot of balls being funneled through the midfield, out wide and then back in, and ultimately it happened.
“I knew if we got one [goal], the question would be how much will they break down and when will the next one come? They did start to break down; we just couldn’t get through.”
The Wildcats had four other solid opportunities in the second half, but Creekview came up with the biggest goal of the night, salvaging a tie and keeping Guyer out of the win column.
“I’ll give them at least a little credit — they pressed very hard the entire game, which is really tough to do for 80 minutes straight,” Jensen said. “Controlling the run of the play, possessing the ball more and outshooting the opponent and still letting one freak chance in is something we’ll regret.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872. His e-mail address is email@example.com.