CHARLESTON — It was only three days ago since Charleston and Teutopolis boys' soccer met and the two teams ended up playing to a 1-1 draw at the Red & Gold tournament.
On Tuesday, the Trojans were able to find the game-winning goal that was missing on Saturday.
The goal, scored by Drew Mejdrich with 21:42 to play, was all the offense the Trojans would need in the second half to secure a 2-1 win over Teutopolis on uesday night at home.
The goal from Mejdrich broke a tense 1-1 tie that had been in place since the end of the first half. Although it was made with more 20 minutes left to play, the Trojan defense had been stout all game and based on the reaction from the fans and the Charleston bench, they all knew that goal was probably going to seal the deal.
“Oh yeah, I felt like defensively, and I think the team felt this way, that defensively we felt like we were playing solid enough that we thought that was the game winner,” Charleston head coach Josh Garrett said. “When that goal went in, on the bench we thought, ‘We have this.'
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"We weren’t trying to be overconfident, but we thought we were playing good enough defense.
"We got beat once, they like to kind of play the home run ball and beat you once or twice a game, and we figured we had given up that goal and we were going to start playing a little more defensive mindedly after that. So we felt pretty confident that we could secure the win.”
Prior to the Mejdrich goal the Trojans found themselves playing catchup. Teutopolis struck first in the game, scoring with 11:28 to go in the first half.
Just when it appeared as though the Teutopolis defense wouldn’t break, Charleston answered late in the first half. Gabe Oetting found the back of the net with one minute to play making the score 1-1 going into halftime.