Boys Soccer: Tarr, Fernandez lead Red Wing to victory
The penalty shot in soccer seems out of place. With so many bodies in motion at any given time, to see one player lined up on a stationary ball, with a goaltender in front of him and idle teammates and opponents behind him, it is a scene that does not bring to mind the organized chaos that so often defines the game.
Yet that one moment of relative quiet is charged with tension. And the goalie is the one tasked with trying to stop a shot that so often cannot be.
So leave it to Andy Tarr to make a diving save to keep intact a scoreless match, and provide the highlight moment in a 1-0 Red Wing boys victory over Winona Cotter Tuesday at Red Wing High School.
“Like I’ve said before, Andy Tarr is worth his weight in gold,” said Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley. “He’s saved us more than once or twice, every single season, every single game. He’s always there, always the brick wall for us.”
“I was just focusing. I have a very specific way that I handle those kicks. I’m not going to say it in case another team reads the newspaper, but I was so focused on that kick,” Tarr said.
And if making the biggest save of the game didn’t make his day, hearing his coach praise his talent was more than enough.
“It really does (feel good). It’s really hard out there. There’s a lot of pressure when it’s a 0-0 game,” Tarr said.
Tarr’s save came with 5 minutes, 32 seconds left in the first half, and it kept the game knotted 0-0. It would stay that way for quite a while longer. With just more than seven minutes to go in the game, Rodrigo Fernandez got the Wingers on the board with a rocket shot from left of the keeper. Fernandez had come up from his defensive spot a few minutes before to give the Wingers another attacker. And when Kaden Erie broke free down the right sideline, Fernandez only had to get himself in position for a shot.
“It was nothing planned, it was me seeing we were tied, and I wanted to win; the whole team wanted to win,” Fernandez said. “So I decided to play three (defenders) and I’d go up to help (at midfield). I saw the cross and that it was wide open and I scored. It was awesome to be the only one that scored in the game.”
“He was in the right place at the right time and it was a great finish,” Quigley said.
After a four-goal outburst to open the season, game two was full of chances for the Wingers, but just one shot found the back of the net.
“(I’m) a little disappointed to only get one, especially with how hard we played and the amount of time that we actually spent controlling the game,” Quigley said. “It’s kind of back to the same stuff as last year where we had a little trouble getting the ball in the net. But just even one to get us across to get that ‘W’ is enough and all we needed today.”