Friendswood pulls out upset win over Brazoswood in 2OT


FRIENDSWOOD — Just because a team maybe favored over another team doesn't always mean they are going to automatically win, especially when the favored team is playing the Friendswood Mustangs.

Friendswood has established the reputation that no matter what sport, the Mustangs will take you down to the very last second and make you earn the win or beat you.

Such was the case against a favored Brazoswood team that found out the hard way that there is no quit in a Friendswood team.

Brazoswood took a 1-0 lead with only 2:24 gone in the first half as Brazoswood's Kenneth Almendares scored off a corner kick . Little did they know that would be the last goal they would see in the playoff contest.

The Mustangs scored the equalizer just 10 minutes later when Ethan Gamero fed Josh Murphy with a perfect crossing pass in front of the net, and Murphy headed in the shot.

"Our first goal was a thing of beauty," Friendswood head coach Stephen Peter said. "A very nice goal…probably our nicest goal of the year.

"It was a great run from the right back, a great service…you couldn't draw it up any better. Giving up that goal early didn't faze the kids. They flushed it out of memory, and we kept going forward."

In the 20th minute, a booming free kick from 35 yards out by Brazoswood was saved by Mustangs keeper Mason Hunnicutt, who would be quite busy in the second half.

Murphy sent a shot at the goal in the 33rd minute that bounced off the Brazoswood top crossbar.

Neither team could manage to find the goal again during regulation sending the game into the first 10-minute overtime.

With only 43.2 seconds left in the first overtime period, the Bucs got a penalty kick opportunity, but the shot ricocheted off the top crossbar.

It would be in the second overtime that the Mustangs would pull out the unlikely win as Friendswood's Zach Montz caught Brazoswood's goalkeeper away from his post to help the underdog Mustangs score a 2-1 overtime victory over the Buccaneers.

In the fourth minute of the match's second overtime period, Bucs keeper Nino Osorio failed to properly clear a ball away, and Montz blasted the game-winning shot into the empty net from about 40 yards away.

"Zach stepped up with great composure and great vision and just put it in the empty net, and that was all she wrote," Peter said.

Friendswood advances to the area round to face the Pasadena Dobie Longhorns.