HAMPSHIRE – Roland Dearborn sent the penalty kick to the lower right corner of the net. Hampshire goalkeeper Dustin Segura guessed correctly, diving to his left.
Segura was a fraction of a second too late.
The ball slipped under the diving goalie and into the net, giving Dundee-Crown a 2-1 victory in overtime in Fox Valley Conference play.
“At first I thought the goalie was going to save it,” Dearborn said. “I got a little scared. But I saw it slide under him, I was very happy. I’m happy that we won. We worked very hard.”
Both teams had to work a little extra hard Tuesday in wet, sloppy field conditions. Players on both sides were splattered in mud within the first few minutes of the game.
“Just messy,” D-C coach Rey Vargas said, indicating toward his players, their blue and white uniforms caked in brown.
D-C (16-3-4, 6-0-2 FVC) needed a win in its regular-season finale to keep its FVC title hopes alive. After beating Hampshire (10-4-4, 3-2-2 FVC), the Chargers quickly will become Whip-Purs fans.
If Hampshire beats Crystal Lake South on Thursday, D-C will win the FVC outright. If Hampshire and South tie, D-C and South will be co-champions. If South wins, the Gators are outright FVC champions.
That’s why two late goals from Dearborn were so crucial Tuesday after D-C fell behind by a goal in the first half. Dearborn, a junior midfielder, scored an equalizer with nine minutes remaining in regulation.
“I just remember the ball coming over the top,” Dearborn said. “I knew it was going to skid. It was muddy out there.”
Dearborn played the skid perfectly and had a breakaway shot at the goal.
“He brings some energy,” Vargas said of Dearborn. “With his talent, he gets marked a lot, so he’s going to struggle with just trying to get through those pieces unmarked. He’s dynamic, he finds little holes and he tries.”
In the sixth minute of overtime, D-C’s Calvin Carlos drew a foul in the penalty area, earning the Chargers a penalty kick. Dearborn sent the PK in for a golden goal game-winner.
“I just thought, if we miss, we miss, if we score, we score,” Dearborn said. “You’ve just got to trust in God, play it to the corner and hope it goes in.”
Hampshire was playing without a handful of its usual starters, including goalkeeper Andrew Krajecki, who is out with an arm injury. Segura filled in, but he didn’t play like a backup Tuesday.
Segura made some key saves in the first half, stopping a couple of point-blank D-C shots and keeping the Chargers off the scoreboard for more than 70 minutes. He made eight total saves.
“Dustin has been playing really well,” Hampshire coach Rick Schuster said. “He’s really picked it up. He came up from JV. He’s been up the last five or six games.”
The Whips were forced to mix and match the lineup, and at one point they were playing without any subs because of injuries.
Nathan Ludwig scored Hampshire’s first-half goal with a header off a corner kick, assisted by Kobe Frenette.
STAR OF THE GAME
Roland Dearborn, Dundee-Crown, jr., MF
Dearborn scored twice for the Chargers in a 2-1 win against Hampshire. Dearborn scored with just over nine minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game, then scored the game-winner on a penalty kick in overtime.
5: Dundee-Crown has gone to overtime in five of its eight Fox Valley Conference games this season.
AND ANOTHER THING …
Muddy conditions definitely played a factor Tuesday.
“When your foot gets stuck in the mud, you’ve got to lift it out, you get tired,” Dearborn said. “By the overtime, my legs were dead.”
Dundee-Crown 2, Hampshire 1 (OT)
D-C 0 1 1 – 2
Hamp 1 0 0 – 1
Hamp – Ludwig (Frenette), 17th minute.
D-C – Dearborn (Smiech), 71st minute.
D-C – Dearborn (PK), 86th minute.
Goalkeeper saves – Dundee-Crown: Smiech 7. Hampshire: Segura 8.