Boys soccer: Mitchell 5, Jesuit 3
TAMPA — Trailing 2-0 to a Jesuit team that had shut out its last six opponents and had won nine straight, the chance of Mitchell making a comeback was quite the long shot.
So Mitchell started taking long shots. And the strategy worked to incredible effect, as the Mustangs (6-1-3) stunned the host Tigers 5-3 Monday.
Jesuit had given up more than one goal in a game once all season, in its only defeat, 2-0 to Steinbrenner.
"We woke up," said Mitchell coach Oscar Ubillus. "We hadn't played our best yet. We definitely did tonight."
Particularly the midfield, led by an all-around fierce effort from sophomore Brennan Breuer, countering back against Jesuit standout Benny Ortiz and Co. who were more assertive as the start. Breuer created each of the last two goals after the game was 3-3.
Ortiz drew a penalty kick and banged home his 10th goal of the year 15 minutes in, and it was 2-0 when Diego Yepez rebounded a shot from freshman Lucas Gobea.
Just past the half-hour mark, though, sub Justin Anahory collected a ball 50 yards from goal, found himself in open space and decided to have a go from about 25. It took a slight deflection and got over the arms of Tim Gyenus.
"You take enough shots, good things happen, no matter how they end up going in," Ubillus said.
Max Moon had a massive score, also from long distance, with just 40 seconds before halftime to make it 2-2.
Jesuit (10-2) appeared headed for a 3-2 lead when Ortiz dislodged the ball from Mitchell goalie Brett Howard and made a backheel pass to Royce Pope, but a scrambling made an outstanding desperation dive. Then Viraj Patel put the Mustangs up 3-2 in the 44th minute on yet another 25-yarder that took a deflection.
Jesuit answered at 53 minutes when Pope, on his fourth shot of the half (he took eight on the night), took a perfectly slotted pass from Noah Kurtz for an uncontested goal.
But Mitchell had the final answer, when Breuer sent in a blast of a volley off the corner kick that came rebounding out to Anahory for the putback with 20 minutes left. Anahory doubled his previous goal total.
Then in the 70th minute Breuer held the ball perfectly for Austin Anahory, Justin's twin.
The last bit of drama came when Pope thought he had a goal but it was cleared off the line by speedy sophomore defender Abraham Harman.
Mitchell had lost to district foe Hillsborough and tied Carrolwood Day in its previous two games, while Jesuit had won eight in a row.
"I'd been waiting for this type of performance. I knew we had it in us," Ubillus said.