Goalie fumble gives 100th SFS narrow victory
By Gary Rogers, 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affaris
/ Published November 05, 2009
RAF MILDENHALL, England --
Mark Henry, 100th Security Forces Squadron soccer coach capitalized on a goalkeeping error and scored the winning goal to give his team a narrow win over the 352nd Maintenance Squadron at the Hardstand Fitness Center Nov. 4.
Security Forces started the brightest, and it wasn't long before Angel Santos managed to get his foot to the ball from a Daniel Baker pass and divert it past the goalkeeper to give his team the lead. A good save from Andrew Golembiewski in goal for the 352nd MXS denied Baker adding a second when clean through on goal. Then seven minutes in, Stantos scored his and Security Forces' second.
With just five players on each side, both teams had to cover a lot of ground, and a defensive mistake from Security Forces let 352nd MXS right back in the game as Juan Gutierrrez managed to squeeze the ball home at the near post.
Halftime score 100th SFS - 2, 352nd MXS - 1
The second half started opposite to the first, and spurred on by Trent Arnold who was always looking to create an opening, the 352nd MXS went searching for an equalizer. They were rewarded with a great individual goal from Robert Sammeli, who after a long run managed to fire a low shot past the keeper.
Both teams becoming increasingly tired, it was only a matter of time before someone would make a mistake that would cost them the game. Unfortunately this fell to the 352nd MXS goalie after he dropped the ball at the feet of Mark Henry who side-footed the ball into the net and sealed his team's victory. In the dying minutes of the game, Santos should have scored his hat-trick but managed to miscue the ball past the post from on the goal line.
Full time 100th SFS - 3, 352nd MXS - 2