Columbia’s soccer team saw the end of two streaks Friday.
The Eagles allowed their first goal in the flow of play and suffered their first loss of the season, a 4-1 decision to Timberland in the semifinals of the 62nd annual Bob Guelker/CYC Tournament at WWT Soccer Park.
Columbia (11-1-1) fell behind 1-0 late in the first half and 2-0 early in the second half, then trimmed its deficit to 2-1 only to see the Wolves (12-3) seal the outcome with two goals that deflected off defenders.
Eagles junior Sam Spivey also had a penalty kick stopped in the 71st minute.
“If there was any luck we got tonight, it was all bad luck,” lamented Columbia coach Jason Mathenia. “Nothing was going our way. It’s unfortunate. It’s the way the game rolls sometimes. We’ll talk to these guys. We’ll get past this loss and look forward to next week. I’m excited to see how we bounce back.”
The Eagles rolled past Trinity (6-1), Farmington (2-0) and Clayton (2-0) in their first three tournament games, all at Columbia. Trinity’s goal was a penalty kick.
If there was any luck we got tonight, it was all bad luck. Nothing was going our way. It’s unfortunate. It’s the way the game rolls sometimes. We’ll talk to these guys. We’ll get past this loss and look forward to next week. I’m excited to see how we bounce back.
Columbia boys soccer coach Jason Mathenia
But the Wolves, who won for the eighth time in nine games, withstood a pair of Columbia scoring opportunities in the first 20 minutes and took control on goals from senior Kousha Bahramahi in the 31st minute and junior Drew Domalewski in the 48th minute.
Bahrahami scored in front from senior Mason Rushing. Domalewski connected from a sharp angle on the right side as he attempted to feed a teammate in front.
“Two of (our goals) were luck. Sometimes, it’s your night, and tonight was our night,” Timberland coach Kyle Austin said. “(Columbia) is an impressive team. It was two good teams out here. I don’t think a 4-1 score told the story of the game. I think they’re going to go on and do great things. They knock the ball around and have some impressive players.”
The Wolves will meet Ladue (17-0) in the championship game of the Msgr. Larry Walsh Division at 6 p.m. Saturday. Ladue defeated Timberland 4-2 in Timberland’s season opener Aug. 22.
(Columbia) is an impressive team. It was two good teams out here. I don’t think a 4-1 score told the story of the game. I think they’re going to go on and do great things. They knock the ball around and have some impressive players.
Timberland boys soccer coach Kyle Austin
Junior Tyler Hoguet scored from junior Brennen vanBruesegen in the 63rd minute to get Columbia within 2-1, but Bahramahi and Rushing smacked balls off Columbia players, redirecting the shots past Eagles junior goalie Jon Kuebler.
“Kuebler is obviously one of the best keepers in the area and he made some very nice saves tonight,” Mathenia said. “But when you get deflections and you’re totally thrown off-guard like that, there’s not much even a keeper of his stature can do about that.”
Mathenia would have liked to see what happened had Spivey connected on his PK after officials called a foul in the box on Timberland.
“You would expect him to convert that one, and usually he does,” Mathenia said of Spivey, who has eight goals this season. “That’s a total game-changer at that point. I’m sure he’s not taking that lightly. Neither is some of our other guys that made some mistakes.
“We had no luck on our side at all. I’ve always been a believer in that: You’ve got to have a little luck to win big games.”