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Boys soccer drops overtime heartbreaker

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Despite dominating much of the game, the Monsoon boys soccer team missed too many opportunities as they fell 2-1 in overtime to the Artesia Pioneers.

The Monsoons dominated the first half, outshooting the Pioneers 8 to 5. Senior Esteban Camacho created several opportunities for himself and for his teammates with crisp passing and solid ball control. He had the best opportunity of the first half when he sent a shot just over the crossbar from 25 yards out.

Artesia nearly scored in the 40th minute off a free kick, but keeper Nelson Avalos made a diving save after he had very little work and the teams went to the half scoreless.

The Pioneers established control early in the second half and it payed off in the 45th minute. After Omar Navarro made a diving save for the Monsoons, Artesia punched it in off the rebound to take a 1-0 lead.

Mayfair finally got a second-half opportunity in in the 63rd minute when Christian Lemus nearly chased down a Camacho pass, but the goalkeeper was there to pick it up.

Tempers flared as the physicality increased with time winding down. The teams combined for 21 penalties, five yellow cards, and a red card in the second half.

After time stopped to sort out a scuffle, the Soons found their equalizer in the 71st minute. Carlos Perez took a nice pass down the left wing and got his shot past the goalkeeper to even things up.

Artesia had two balls roll in front of the net in the final minute of the game but were unable to score.

After a Pioneer player was sent off for a red card it looked like Mayfair had the advantage. However, in the 87th minute Artesia netted the golden goal. They got a head on a ball from a right-wing cross and it bounced off Avalos’s hand and into the net.

With the loss the Monsoons fall to 6-4 in league play. Up next is a matchup with Cerritos on Tuesday.

Watch the highlight video here: Highlight Video: Boys Soccer vs. Artesia