Century hands South overtime loss at state soccer
GRAND FORKS — Austin Underhill didn't get a chance to see his handiwork.
But after nearly 100 minutes of soccer in sub-30 degree temperatures, the sight of a soccer ball in the back of the net was more than enough for the senior goalkeeper.
Underhill came out of goal and launched a free kick more than 50 yards in the air, over the heads of Fargo South defenders and at the feet of Seth Kalberer, who drove a shot into the Bruin goal, lifting Bismarck Century to a 1-0 overtime win in the opening round of the North Dakota state boys soccer tournament Thursday at Cushman Field.
Though Underhill felt good about how he hit the ball, he says he didn't see anything until the final shot left Kalberer's foot, as a wave of defenders obstructed his view.
"I saw him running towards it, and I saw it going to the back of the net, that's all," an out-of-breath Underhill said afterwards. "I don't know how he scored it or what he did, but I'm happy."
It was the second highlight-reel play made by the goalie in the match. With just over five minutes to play in the first half, he made a spectacular, one-handed leaping save of a shot by South's Tate Simpson.
After losing in the opening round as a No. 1 seed a year ago, the Patriots narrowly avoided the same fate Thursday, as players were hopeful the thrilling victory would provide a needed momentum boost heading into Friday's semifinals.
"We're hoping this adrenaline rush carries all the way until tomorrow," Underhill said. "To finally get that first win (is huge). We put everything in to the end."