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Tigers rally past Jackets, 2-1

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By Brody Jones

It has been said that revenge is a sweet dish best served cold. 

For the Rockwood Tigers, a team made up with players from Rockwood and Midway High School, it was ice cold as Midway player Cameron Hashmi "hashed" out the winning goal for a 2-1 come-from-behind stunning upset over the Kingston Yellow Jackets Tuesday night at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.

"I'm about speechless," Rockwood head coach Wes Ford said after the game, straining for the words to describe the 80 minutes of great soccer his team played. "My hat goes off to Kingston. They have a very talented team and the best goal-keeper I've seen in two years. We were very fortunate to not be down after the first half because we gave Kingston a lot of chances to score."

The first half was a scoreless deadlock, but the big story was the missed opportunities by the Jackets. Six excellent Jackets scoring opportunities were thwarted by the outstanding goal-keeping of Rockwood's Malcolm Springs. 

Kingston broke the scoring freeze in the second half on a Jordan Emch penalty kick to take the early 1-0 lead.

Undeterred, the Tigers did not give up. The Tigers rose to the occasion when Dakota Cowell tied the game for the Tigers in the middle of the second half. 

The difference maker came from one of the players from South Of the River when Hashmi used his head, literally, to score the go-ahead 2-1 goal and got in a little revenge showing off his Cherokee Middle School soccer shirt underneath his jersey. 

The Tigers clamped down on defense and would capture the 2-1 win. 

"At the half I told the kids to stay marked up on the two fours and to close down the spaces," Ford added. "Kingston about got us in the first half, but we made the adjustments in the second half to shut them down and that helped us down the stretch."

Kingston had a 15-10 shots on goal advantage, but Springs (8 saves) had perhaps the game of his soccer career for the Tigers with Cowell and Hashmi scoring for Rockwood. 

 Emch scored for Kingston and Keaton Shillings (6 saves) had a fine showing in defeat.