REGENTS 6 EHS 5 in OT
On a gorgeous Friday evening in Austin, Karl Franz had 2 goals and 1 assist to lead the Regents Knights to a 6-5 overtime victory against Division 1 Episcopal Houston.
For Episcopal Houston, the Friday night contest was an opportunity to test themselves on the road for the first time in 2020. EHS was 3-0 coming into the game with wins over Stratford, St. Thomas More (Louisiana), and Lamar at home. Regents was sitting at 1-1 with a win over Alamo Heights and a 2-goal loss to Vandegrift just two nights prior. On Friday, each team had the chance to get a quality game against a solid opponent from a different part of the state.
Karl Franz (2G, 2A) STX Man Of The Match
This Regents team is stout and the Knights had 5 different goal scorers on just 6 goals. Junior attackman Ethan Herndon helped facilitate offense all night with 1 goal and 2 assists. Seniors Stephen Cobb and Ethan Yokum both played excellent as well with 1 goal apiece and Benjamin Cordola had 1 goal and 1 assist including the game winner in overtime to seal the victory for the Knights.
OVERTIME GAME WINNER
Regents controlled the time of possession in the opening quarter by way of excellent face-off play and playing very patient offensively. EHS came out in zone on defense and that seemed to catch Regents off-guard this early in the season, but Regents was able to generate tons of shots that they were not able to get to fall. Herndon had his lone goal of the night just 1:35 into the game and Regents finally got on the board with 1:34 remaining in the quarter to bring it back to a 1-1 tie headed into the second. EHS carried some momentum into the 2nd quarter and extended their goal scoring run to 3-0 with 3:24 remaining in the half before Franz would bring Regents back within 1 to end the first half of play 3-2 in EHS’s favor.
After halftime adjustments from both sides, the action picked up quite a bit in the 3rd quarter as did the physicality. Ultimately, EHS enjoyed a 5-3 lead headed into the final frame. Regents would not be denied. Led by goalie Andrew Kuhlman, the Regents defense really stepped up late in this game and held EHS scoreless in the fourth. With 6:42 remaining, Stephen Cobb pulled Regents back within 1 goal before Franz would tie it at 5’s with 3:38 remaining. After just a couple minutes of overtime, Benjamin Cordola caught the ball on the righty shooting spot and shot a rope off-hip to the back pipe to seal the victory.
For Episcopal Houston, freshman Noah Ramirez was outstanding in the loss with 2 goals and 2 assists. Ramirez is shifty, skilled, and plays with a relentless attitude that will server EHS well throughout the season. Also netting 2 goals for Episcopal Houston was senior midfielder Mason Morris. Rounding out the scoring in the loss was senior attack man Thomas Minton with 1 goal and 1 assist.
Noah Ramirez (2G, 2A)
With the loss on Friday, Episcopal Houston dropped to 3-1 on the season and would go on to lose another tough contest on Saturday versus Austin High to bring their record to 3-2 on the season. They will face-off against Magnolia Tuesday in Houston in another non-district game before starting their SPC schedule against St. Mark’s and Episcopal Dallas this weekend at home. The overtime win for Regents was one they looked to build on after improving to 2-1 on the season. On Saturday they notched another impressive win over Smithson Valley before handling St. Andrew’s on Monday night to improve their record to 4-1 on the season. Regents is back in action Friday night at home against Round Rock.
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