EASTWOOD - Red Devil senior Mason Carte notched his fourth hat trick (three goals in a game) of the season Thursday night, including the most dramatic one with 4.8 seconds left, to lift Coach Todd Murray's Class AA-A No.8-ranked Ravenswood soccer team to a 3-3 tie with No. 6-ranked Sissonville at the Eastwood Soccer Complex.
The Indians led 2-0 at the half on goals scored with 18:50 and 9:43 eft in the first 40 minutes. Sissonville added a third goal less than two minutes into the second half for what appeared to be a commanding 3-0 lead...what appeared to be.
Anthony Rinehart scored twice for Sissonville, and Josh Rawson added a goal and an assist. Goalkeeper J.R. Stricklen had 21 saves.
Carte first dented the scoreboard for the Red Devils with 36:47 to play in the game. Nate Schiefer dribbled down the center drawing the defense towards him, then laid off a nice pass to Carte who put it past the keeper.
Carte was denied another goal shortly after his first on a controversial call by the referee who overruled Carte's net shot.
Carte made it 3-2 by drilling a penalty kick into the left side of the net with just 3:41 left in the game. Sissonville was called fora hand ball in the box to set up Carte's kick.
"In the two years that I have had the honor of coaching Mason, he has 100% accuracy from the PK mark," said Coach Murray. "He is the definition of a great well rounded soccer player and this showed in our game last night, he helped keep the team motivated and with his skill and intensity he help keep Ravenswood in the game."
With time running out, Ravenswood went into frantic attack mode.
"I had pulled everyone but the keeper up to start attacking and Sissonville went on the defensive," said Murray.
"Sissonville stacked their goal box with defenders which benefited us. As a keeper it's hard to see when there's many bodies in front of you. After several attempts and the clock almost at zero, Mason blasted a ball in from the outside, past many defenders and then into the back of the net with just 4.8 seconds left"
The tying goal set off a wild Ravenswood celebration on and off the field.
Ravenswood goalkeeper James Carmichael who made 14 saves in the game,gloved the final desperate kick by the Indians and spiked the ball as the celebration erupted again.
"That's why we play all 80 minutes!" shouted Dalton Gandee in the midst of hugs and high fives.
"This was definitely one of the most mixed emotional games I've been involved with since playing myself 10 years ago," said Murray. "Coaches from both teams were highly upset with the officials' performance.
On the other hand, it was extremely exciting. Being down three goals, our team never gave up. They fought back through an extremely well coach and physical Sissonville team and tied the game up.
The way the Devils played the last 20 minutes of the game is something that champions are made of."