GENOA – On a team loaded with prolific goal scorers, it was a sophomore who hadn't scored all year that came up big for Indian Creek.
Lucas Woodbury scored the equalizer in the 70th minute, then Cam Russell scored less than two minutes into the overtime as the Timberwolves beat Genoa-Kingston, 4-3, on Saturday to claim the Class 1A Indian Creek Regional championship.
"When I saw the ball come towards me, I knew what I had to do," Woodbury said. "We were down one and it just felt great to tie it up."
The goal came after three players were given a yellow card on the same play – Indian Creek's Brennan McNally and Genoa-Kingston's Aiden Tomlinson and Junior Leon.
Leon finished the season with 42 goals and Tomlinson handled most of the set pieces for the Cogs (14-8), and the Timberwolves (18-5-1) took advantage with those two on the bench, even with out McNally, who has 10 goals and 14 assists this year.
It was the third time IC had tied the game, but Russell said it felt different. A big part of that, he said, was the fact that it came from Woodbury.
"That did pump us a lot," Russell said. "Throughout the year he struggled and was nervous a lot. But right there, he was there, was confident, got it and put it in."
Genoa-Kingston coach Randy Tate said the yellow cards changed the game.
"We lost our composure and that cost us one goal," Tate said. "It was a big goal unfortunately but that's the way it is at this time. The one who makes mistakes goes home. We've talked about it and we've talked about it, but kids are kids."
Russell have the Timberwolves their first lead of the game in the 82nd minute, taking a feed from Drew Gaston and then ripping a bouncing shot from about 35 yards out that went in on the far post.
"I just saw it come to me and said, man I'm just going to rip it," Russell said. "Went far side, and was like oh, it could hit the far post. It did and bounced right in. I was very happy."
Leon had a couple chances a few minutes later, but Logan Bend deflected one shot and caught another.
It took the Cogs until the 24th minute to score when Eagan Reams connected on a rebound in front of an open net. Kalvin Zimmerman had the initial shot.
The Cogs also took a 2-1 lead with just 32 seconds left until halftime on a Leo Rocha goal from Leon.
"Obviously we got down, we played from behind most of the game," Schrader said. "The last couple days in practice we talked about how Genoa is a good team. ... It's going to be a very even game and if we get down just stay the course. They did that today, we kept playing and got some timely goals there by some guys."
Gaston scored the first goal for the Timberwolves, then with 25:27 left in the second half Russell fed Gaston for a goal and a 2-2 tie. G-K went up 3-2 in the 61st minute with a bouncer by Leon that he dribbled through a lot of traffic then fired past the IC defense and in.
By the numbers: It's the first soccer regional title in IC school history. Gaston has scored 46 goals this year.
Beyond the stats: The Indian Creek fans sang happy birthday after the game to Gaston, celebrating the junior's birthday.
They said it: "We're happy with the success we had," Tate said of the G-K season. "Disappointed with today obviously, but overall we feel it was a pretty successful season, turned around from seven wins last year."
Up next: The Timberwolves face Richmond-Burton at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Oregon.