Multiple Teams · Eagles Soccer tie in late game controversy


As the final whistle blew, the Eagles were relieved to just come away with a tie. In the final moments of the game — which went into overtime — the game was still tied as St. Croix Lutheran got it’s final chance at the net. The shot was taken and went in the net for what we all thought was the game winning goal. However the referee blew his whistle to end the game right as the final shot was taken. Therefore no goal, and the game ended in a draw.

This call, of course, sent St. Croix Lutheran fans and players in a heated frenzy. Thankfully, our Christian character showed through as we shook their hands afterwards despite the somewhat questionable officiating.

Chris Kesting continues his hot play on the field as he scored twice and assisted on another one of New Life’s goals. Cole Sheridan also found the net in overtime, seconds after St. Croix Lutheran had taken the lead in overtime.

The game was a back-and-forth affair that had a lot of drama and seemly heated play on the field. It seemed that frustration about how the game was being officiated had a lot of impact on the players for both teams. Nevertheless the Eagles should feel fortunate to come away with just a tie.

The Eagles scored first on a beautiful cross by Cole Sheridan that was gently headed in by Chris Kesting. St. Croix Lutheran scored twice before the end of the half and led 2-1 at half. In the second half, New Life got their equalizer on a PK by Chris Kesting. That goal sent the game into overtime. In the overtime, St. Croix scored in the first few moments of the overtime. Seemly moments later is when Chris Kesting crossed the ball into Cole Sheridan’s lap for the equalizer, and that was the final score: 3-3.

The Eagles have more to offer as their season continues to go along. They play their homecoming game Saturday afternoon at East Ridge. Come out and support the New Life Academy Eagles soccer team. They won’t disappoint.