EAST LAKE — The tide quickly turned Thursday for Northeast, which fell 4-1 to East Lake in the Class 5A region quarterfinals.
In a match dominated by the Eagles, who beat the Vikings 8-0 in the first game of the season, Northeast found itself in a 1-all tie after a putback goal by Lucas Villarreal with 32 minutes left in regulation.
A little over 10 minutes later, the Vikings (8-8) thought they had caught a break when East Lake keeper Stephen Barna was initially whistled for taking down forward Bogdan Yordanov just inside the left part of the penalty box.
But after the head referee and line referee convened, the call was changed and the Vikings were awarded a direct kick outside the box instead of a penalty kick.
The subsequent free kick by Kyle Apperson ricocheted off a Northeast defender out to East Lake fullback Ivan Zigarevich, who quickly raced downfield unimpeded until a Northeast fullback forced him to pass to Brett Hummel for a point-blank shot.
Northeast keeper Marino Pavicic made a diving save, but Kevin Lindquist corralled the loose ball and placed it into an empty net.
"The game ended in that one-minute period," Northeast coach Tom Blauvelt said. "We were playing on adrenaline and if we go up a goal, these street kids on our team would have been even more on fire. That call broke their heart and their spirit."
Minutes after Lindquist's subsequent winner, the Eagles (15-4-1), who outshot the Vikings 22-5, went up 3-1 when Hummel's line-drive cross from the left side deflected off a Northeast defender. Danny Havican gave the Eagles a three-goal lead with 10 minutes left with a free-kick goal.
"In the first half, we were serving it up the middle and Coach Blauvelt had his defense well-organized where they were able to clear it out easily," East Lake coach Sergei Stopek said. "In the second half, the guys took it down to the end line and served it in from there. …
"Northeast showed a lot of fight and when we were given that break, we made the best of the opportunity."