Boys Soccer: Wingers survive with scoreless tieAfter playing nearly 90 minutes of scoreless soccer Thursday, Red Wing goalkeeper Andy Tarr wasn’t about to let a last-second goal get by him.
By: Joe Brown, The Republican Eagle
After playing nearly 90 minutes of scoreless soccer Thursday, Red Wing goalkeeper Andy Tarr wasn’t about to let a last-second goal get by him.
With seven seconds left, a Shakopee attacker broke through the Wingers’ last line of defense, leaving Tarr all alone to make a stop.
As Tarr made a charge, the final shot went high, cementing a 0-0 tie between Red Wing and Shakopee, bumping the Wingers’ unbeaten streak to three games.
“That play was absolutely nuts,” Red Wing head coach Brian Quigley said.
When the final horn sounded, Tarr celebrated with his teammates after surviving the Sabers’ offensive onslaught.
“I was very relieved after that one,” Tarr said.
Quigley added, “We would have not been able to have a chance to win that game without him. Not even close. Everyone played great, but you have that guy who had that awesome day, and today, that was Andy Tarr.”
Tarr has held opponents scoreless for three games. The Wingers (0-0-1 Missota, 2-2-1) have not surrendered a goal since Sept. 1 against Austin.
While the diving stops are the more memorable plays, the key to Tarr’s shutout against the Sabers was breaking down the offense before it could get started.
“They’d always try to go for the cross almost every single time,” Tarr said, “and a lot of being a goalie is cutting down angles.”
Over the last three games, the confidence has continued to grow for the junior keeper. And with that, the confidence from the rest of the team has also risen.
“We’ve known for a while that he was a good keeper, and it’s just the way he can step up in big games is what you need out of someone like that,” Quigley said.
“It’s still unnerving whenever there’s a charge, but I know I got guys, like Andy, out there that I trust.”
Today, the Wingers travel down Highway 61 for a four-team tournament at Lake City, which will also feature the host Tigers, Byron and Stewartville.