Port Angeles erased a 3-1 deficit with two goals in the final 16 minutes of regulation and triumphed 4-3 in overtime against Sequim to wrest the Super Cup soccer trophy in the game’s second annual installment.
Saturday’s comeback victory at Wally Sigmar Field at Peninsula College capped an emotional day for the aforementioned legend, Port Angeles’ Kyle Trussell, the Man of Honor at this year’s Super Cup. Trussell, a staple of the area soccer scene and a member of the first PA Super Cup team, was nearly crushed by a bulldozer in a workplace incident last September.
“The soccer community was just incredible. Did you feel that intensity?” Trussell said.
Sequim got on the board quickly, as Pablo Salazar stepped on to a Daniel Servin pass and streaked toward the goal, eventually sending a soft shot to the far post for a 1-0 lead.
Sequim took a 2-0 lead into halftime when Hector Baylon headed home Luke Shearer’s corner kick in the 43rd minute.
PA got on the board in the 69th minute when Cenk Ozer was brought down in the box by Sequim’s Victor Morales to earn a penalty kick. But PA gave the goal right back four minutes later when miscommunication between defender Adam Carlson and goalkeeper Daniel Horton led to an own goal.
Now trailing 3-1, PA’s comeback began when Anthony Brandon poked in a loose ball for a goal in the 74th minute.
Pressing for the equalizer with three minutes in regulation, PA found it after a superlative effort by former PA exchange student, Veracruz, Mexico’s, Angel Rivero. Rivero, in town to visit his exchange family, tracked down a ball at the very edge of the Sequim back line and saved it to PA’s Omar Anderson.
After a scoreless first 5 minutes of overtime, PA found the eventual game-winning goal when Brent Riccigliano stepped up to a loose ball and basically walked the ball into the goal.
The score triggered a yellow card for Ozer after he tore off his jersey in celebration.