The Aurora Houn' Dawgs improved to 6-5-3 overall on the season Tuesday with an exciting 3-2 overtime victory over Webb City on home turf.
The match was tied 1-1 at the half, but the visitors scored midway through the second half to lead 2-1 with 24 minutes remaining.
Fortunately for Aurora, Webb City was sloppy in the penalty area on the night, giving the Houn' Dawgs a chance to score on penalty kicks on multiple occasions. And that's just what senior captain Spencer Briggs did with just minutes to go in the match, putting away his second PK of the night to tie it up at two.
Neither team could put the game away in the remaining time, so the match went to overtime. In the first of the allotted two 10-minute periods, Briggs got another chance from the spot and converted for the goal, the hat trick and, most importantly, the win.
The "golden goal" ended the game and gave Aurora its sixth win of the season.
Coach Curtis Bishop called the match "an outstanding team effort" and praised sophomore Clemente Reyes's effort in goal, where he made "some tremendous saves."
Prior to Tuesday's win, the Dawgs went 1-2 last week, falling to Logan-Rogersville and Parkview, with a win over College Heights in the middle.
Briggs scored two against Rogersville in the 4-2 loss, getting assists from Jordani Perez and Diego Garcia-Ortega. Pablo Reyes had eight saves on the game.
Against Parkview, Aurora's goal in the 3-1 loss came from Patrick Reyes (assisted by Briggs), and C. Reyes recorded seven saves.
In the 6-0 in over College Heights, Perez scored a hat trick, while Patrick Reyes scored two and Briggs added one. Garcia-Ortega contributed three assists, followed by Briggs, Perez and the aforementioned Reyes with one each. C. Reyes stopped six shots on goal in the win.
Bishop's team will now face a busy week to start October, traveling to Cassville and Greenwood on Monday and Friday, respectively, and hosting McDonald County on Thursday.