Timely goals lift T-Birds to a 3-2, double-overtime thriller over Garden City

Freshman forward Caio Faro scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 3-2, double-overtime victory over Garden City
Freshman forward Caio Faro scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 3-2, double-overtime victory over Garden City

CONCORDIA, Kansas — The Cloud County Community College men's soccer team rallied off the mat on two occasions Wednesday afternoon, first forcing overtime before coming all the way back to snatch a 3-2, double-overtime victory over Garden City Community College.

Cloud County (10-4 overall, 9-1 KJCCC West) was staring at a potentially damaging 2-1 loss to Garden City (6-8 overall, 3-6 KJCCC West) in the waning minutes of regulation. That was until freshman defenseman Manuel Marquez was able to stuff in the game-tying goal with 2:08 remaining off a feed from sophomore midfielder Feliphe Pasetto de Souza.

After the two teams played each other to a draw in the first overtime, the T-Birds were able to deny the visiting Broncbusters of a tie as, with just 33 seconds remaining, freshman forward Caio Faro netted the game-winner for his fifth goal of the season.

Faro's score came on a rebound opportunity. Garden City was called for a foul just outside the goalkeepers' box. The initial shot off the foot of freshman Jean-Pierre Dasylva was stopped by Garden City goalkeeper Matt Thomlinson, but the rebound squirted free to Faro as he crashed the net.

The win washed away what had been a frustrating afternoon for the T-Birds, who fell behind 1-0 on a penalty kick and 2-1 after a breakaway chance for Garden City with 27:51 remaining.

Cloud County's first goal of the game also came on a penalty kick opportunity in the 60th minute following a foul call in the box on Garden City.

Dasylva cashed in the chance to make it a 1-1 game at the time with his team-leading seventh goal of the season.

In net, sophomore goalkeeper Charles Albuquerque finished with five saves in picking up his 10th win of the season.

With the victory, Cloud County improved to 2-1 this season at Harold M. Clark Stadium, located on the Concordia High School campus.

The T-Birds will look to improve to 3-1 as, due to heavy rains in Concordia this week, they will play at Harold M. Clark Stadium again on Saturday when they host Northwest Kansas Technical College. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.