MARBLE FALLS — Thirty-eight seconds and a yellow flag was all that kept the Marble Falls High School boys soccer team from ending its game against Cedar Park Vista Ridge with a 1-1 tie March 8.
Instead, a converted penalty kick allowed the Rangers to escape with a 2-1 victory after the Mustangs (4-15, 0-8) couldn’t score in the final seconds. The penalty kick was called when the Mustangs goalie came out to scoop up the ball from the shooter. But the goalie ran into the shooter instead.
The penalty kick was converted from 12 yards out, safely going into the right corner.
“It hurts when you do everything you know how to do and you come up short,” Marble Falls coach Michael Nave said. “I feel for them. When you have two teams that play as hard as those teams, it’s a shame it’s decided like that.”
The Mustangs outshot the Rangers 11-4 but couldn’t convert.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead on a free kick that went over the Marble Falls wall and the outstretched hand of the goalie with 29 minutes 29 seconds left in the first half.
Marble Falls tied the game when junior Edgar Aguilar turned a penalty kick into a goal, finding the left corner with 20:50 left in the half.
In the end, though, Marble Falls also had some plays that went its way.
Junior Eric Dominguez camped out in the net on a Vista Ridge corner kick midway through the first half. When the ball went over the goalie’s head, Dominguez cleared the ball to prevent the Rangers from adding to the lead.
In the second half, Vista Ridge was on the attack, deep in the Mustang box. The shooter fired the ball that hit the left post, but the Ranger took another shot when it came right back to him.
Senior Lauro Martinez kicked the ball out of the box to keep the score tied at 1-1.