In a span of a minute, Ellison peppered Belton with four corner kicks.
Each time, the Eagles came away empty.
Belton goalkeeper Carlo Mosnia tipped one shot up and over the goal, made a diving save on another and watched as two others fell helplessly away.
“Carlo played an incredible game in goal tonight,” Ellison coach Niles Dunnells said. “He had some great saves so credit him. He had three or four diving saves and really kept them in it.”
Behind the play of Mosnia, Belton rallied for a 2-1 win over Ellison on Tuesday. It was also the second straight game, the Tigers were forced to rally from a 1-0 deficit.
Ellison junior Mohamed Balde got the ball five yards out and hit a left-footed shot past Mosnia to give the Eagles (12-6-1, 6-4 8-5A) the early 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. From there on out, Ellison pummeled the Tigers (13-2-4, 9-1) with corner kicks and free kicks as they dominated possession for the majority of the second half.
“We were the better team. It is such a cliche, to say that when you lose, but we held the ball and possession most of the game and we don’t get the ball cleared out on a couple of mistakes and they capitalized on it,” Dunnells said.
Both teams missed scoring opportunities in the 23rd minute. Belton senior Keegan Valentino had a one-on-one with Ellison goalkeeper Matthew Charlton at the top of the box, but was stopped. Then, Ellison senior Ryan Stuckey had a ball right at the post but overran it, missed the ball and fell into the net.
“We were winning the balls, they just were not getting into the back of the net,” Dunnells said.
Mosnia got a hand on a free kick from Nathan Diederich in the 45th minute to keep Belton within a goal.
“We had a lot of adversity against us,” Belton coach
Tarcisio Mosnia said. “All those free kicks that were being given and the kids did a good job of keeping them off the board.”
Two minutes later they tied the match, 1-1, off a corner kick headed into the goal by Timothy Williams.
Belton nearly took the lead two minutes later, but Valentino was ruled offsides. In the 60th minute, Belton took the lead. Hernandez got a through ball and dribbled, turned and shot it past Charlton.
Mosnia came up big again late, making a sliding save in the 70th minute off a shot by Diederich.
“He had a good game and he played well against (Heights) and he is gaining some momentum,” Tarcisio Mosnia said. “He kept us in the game.”
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