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Unbeknownst to Tobi Yanez, Lafayette Coach Brian Sorrell predicted the junior would score against Tabb in an email to Yanez's father ahead of Thursday's game.
Sorrell's sixth sense proved true as Yanez's goal with 2:20 remaining in the first overtime period proved to be enough as Lafayette edged Tabb 1-0 at Wanner Stadium last night.
"I told his dad before the game, he's going to get a goal," Sorrell joked after the game. "I just kind of felt it was going to happen. Tobi was due. He didn't have a goal or assist before tonight."
For the longest time, it appeared as if neither team would get on the board.
Tabb (1-1-3) did not record a shot on goal in the first half, while Lafayette had few legitimate scoring chances in the opening 40 minutes.
Both teams entered the locker room knotted up at 0-0.
The second half was more eventful, though neither team could find the go-ahead goal.
The closest either team came to scoring in regulation came with 11:40 remaining when Lafayette junior Matthew Beatty found himself in a breakaway situation with one defender and the Tabb goalkeeper in his way.
Beatty carried the ball within 10 yards of the net and ripped a shot on goal. Tabb goalkeeper Grant Kelchner went low and blocked the ball back out to Beatty.
The Jamestown midfielder collected the ball and put another point-blank shot on goal. Kelchner pulled the ball into his chest, ending the major scoring threat.
"Beatty is a heck of a player, but he is normally known for his assists," Sorrell said. "Getting him into the open field is unusual for him. You could see him looking for someone to dish it off to. He panicked a little bit on the second one."
With the game still scoreless, Tabb and Lafayette headed into overtime.
A Denzel Speed set piece from 30 yards out set the stage for the only goal of the game.
Speed lobbed the ball into the box, where Thomas Pogue trapped it with his chest and redirected it to Yanez.
Swinging his left foot around, Yanez volleyed the ball with a heavy topspin that caused the ball to bounce strangely off the artificial turf at Wanner Stadium.
The unusually high bounce caught Kelchner off guard, causing him to misplay the ball as it found its way into the right corner of the net.
"The ball just came out to me and I put it in. It was pure instinct," Yanez said of his goal.
At halftime, Sorrell told his team they would need at least 10 shots on goal. As if to validate Sorrell's prophetic ways, Yanez's goal was the 10th shot on goal for the Rams.
Lafayette (5-1-1) will face a tall task as the Rams take on Jamestown at 7 p.m. Monday. Tabb will look to rebound at home against New Kent the same day.
Lafayette 1, Tabb 0
Goals: Lafayette (Tobi Yanez)
Assists: Lafayette (Thomas Pogue)
Jamestown Routs Smithfield
Jeff Wolons continued his high-scoring season, scoring five of Jamestown's (3-1) seven goals during Thursday's 7-3 defeat of Smithfield.
All of Wolons' goals came in the first half, with four coming over a span of 11 minutes. He also assisted on an Antonio Gonzalez first-half goal.
Jamestown will take on Lafayette at 7 p.m. Monday at Wanner Stadium.
Jamestown 7, Smithfield 3
Goals: Jamestown (Jeff Wolons 5, Antonio Gonzalez, Wilson Coughenour)
Assists: Jamestown (Davis Wood, Jeff Wolons, Dan Kelly, Kyle Wade, Duncan McDevitt)
York Cruises Against Poquoson
The York (9-0) boys soccer team made quick work of Poquoson on Thursday, managing to play every player on the roster during the 6-0 victory.
Bailey McClure scored a goal and recorded two assists for York, while Karsten Faciszewski and Max Poelker each added a goal and an assist.
York will look to continue its unbeaten season as the Falcons take on Bruton at home 7 p.m. Monday.
York 6, Poquoson 0
Goals: York (Bailey McClure, Karsten Faciszewski, Max Poelker, David Lee, Ben Jagt, Cameron Dail)
Assists: York (Bailey McClure 2, Karsten Faciszewski, Max Poelker, Alasdair Thomson, Aaron Reyes 2)