Josh Moore

Boys' soccer: Golden goal gets Dunbar over Tates Creek

Dunbar's Amir Simons-Miller drove the ball as host Dunbar won 2-1 over Tates Creek in overtime on Thursday September 10, 2015 in Lexington, Ky.  Photo by Mark Mahan
Dunbar's Amir Simons-Miller drove the ball as host Dunbar won 2-1 over Tates Creek in overtime on Thursday September 10, 2015 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan Herald-Leader

Ricky Clemente scored the golden goal with 30 seconds left in the first overtime to give Paul Laurence Dunbar a 2-1 win over 43rd District rival Tates Creek at home on Thursday night.

Clemente turned and fired a shot on goal from just inside the 18 past the Tates Creek keeper after receiving the ball Amir Simons Miller.

The goal was keyed by an interception by Dunbar's Javier Delgado, who won the ball at midfield and pressed deep into the Tates Creek third before finding Miller.

"We were trying to press up fast because once their midfield got set, we weren't beating them," Dunbar Coach Todd Bretz said. "The ball was played to Amir they (Miller and Clemente) found each other. Ricky was able to find the opening for the shot and put it in."

Dunbar (6-2) opened the scoring at the beginning of the second half when Miller fired a shot that was spilled by Tates Creek keeper Aamer Shalash and fell right to Connor Roberts, who pounded it into the back of the net.

Tates Creek (4-4) answered after an illegal pass back was called on Dunbar, which set up an indirect free kick just inside the left edge of the six-yard box. Tates Creek's Nolan Adams fired a shot through the Dunbar wall that deflected the keeper and into the goal.

With under 14 minutes to play, Dunbar was called for another illegal pass back right outside the 18. Amadi Mubelela didn't realize it was an indirect kick and took the shot too quickly for the Commodores.

"I think he had the right idea," Tates Creek Coach Albert Gross said. "I think he just got caught up a little bit in the pace of the game and thought he was being a little bit smarter than the situation called for. He thought it was direct, which is easy to think when you get caught up in the moment."

Clemente said Dunbar needs to continue taking advantage of its opportunities when they arise because they're often scarce. By contrast, Tates Creek had the first seven shots to open the game.

"Whatever we can get we gotta finish," Clemente said.

Tates Creek's speed was something Dunbar prepared for entering Thursday.

"We knew they were a very fast team with the strikers on the outside so we played off of them a little and let them play those balls," Harrison Grabmeyer said, "and just step up when we could win them."

Tates Creek is off until next Thursday, when it hosts Lafayette (7-4). Paul Dunbar on Tuesday hosts Lexington Christian (4-1-2), who fell at home 1-0 to Lexington Catholic on Thursday.

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