Cougars get the sweep in two very hard fought matches
Riverview Middle School
By The Dens Mike Rice
The Riverview Raider and Crestview Cougar soccer squads met on the pitch of Crestview Middle School on Tuesday evening, to do battle in their annual cross-town rivalry game.
While such highly anticipated games can sometimes fizzle out and fail to delight the throngs of paying spectators, 2019’s edition of the intra city clash would live up to the hype and then some.
The evening’s opening contest, between the two school’s female contingents, saw Riverview jump out to an early 1-0 lead.
Determined to not see the spoils of victory plundered by the invading Raiders, the Lady Cougars regrouped and went on the offensive.
When the dust finally settled, Lady Cougar 7th grader Skylar Olson had torched the Raider net 4 times, propelling the Lady Cougars to a 4-2 victory.
Looking to conclude the evening with their own show stopping performance the boys squared off in a clash that would require extra time to complete.
Clinging to a 2 to 1 second half lead, the Raiders seemed destined to leave Crestview victorious.
The Cougars mounted one attack after another, spending much of the game’s second stanza on Riverview’s side of the field, only to see numerous shots turned away.
Finally, able to convince Lady Fate to betray her allegiance to the Raiders, Crestview pushed across the tying goal and sent the game to overtime, deadlocked at 2-2.
With the sun dropping below the horizon and the temperature quickly following, the Cougar offense not only heated up, but reached a frenzied boil during the game’s extra ten minutes.
The host Cougars tallied 3 overtime scores winning the match by a 5-2 final.