The temperature was dropping fast. The rain had begun to fall. And the wind started picking up speed.
No one in attendance at the South Tama County/Gladbrook-Reinbeck boys soccer game wanted to see overtime and an extra 10 minutes. Neither did G-R sophomore Bennett Peterson.
Peterson broke a 1-all tie with a goal in the final minute Tuesday as the Rebels opened up their 2013 season with a 2-1 win over the Trojans in a North Iowa Cedar League match.
South Tama’s Adrian Castanon (No. 11) battles a Gladbrook-Reinbeck player for possession of the ball during the second half Tuesday. G-R won the game 2-1 after scoring the final goal during the last minute of the contest.
"He's a good shooter, he just needs the chance to do it," Gladbrook-Reinbeck coach Kirk Dinsdale said. "We needed to get out and play somebody. We have been practicing for four weeks and three and a half of those were inside of a gym. We are tired of playing ourselves. This was good for us."
The Rebels dominated possession for most of the match, outshooting South Tama 18-6. They just had trouble putting balls away for goals, which can happen when your roster is full of underclassmen in the first match of the season.
"We possessed the ball a lot more and they are a good team, but we dominated play and probably should have led 4-1 at halftime," Dinsdale said. "We just missed too many shots. It's first game jitters. We are young. We only have two seniors. And we started three freshmen."
First-year STC coach Dmitriy Shklyarov was very disappointed in the loss. He said allowing a team to score in the final minute is inexcusable.
"I cannot take this is as a learning experience, because we should have played much better," Shklyarov said. "This is a negative result. I would say most of what happened today was a lack of experience."
The Rebels had six good shots at the South Tama goal before the Trojans were able to get their first attempt. However, the match was knotted at 1 at halftime thanks to a much better shooting percentage for South Tama County.
Dustin Dinsdale put the Rebels up 1-0 in the 26th minute, but STC (0-3) evened the match after freshman Jerry Lowe muscled his way to the tying goal in the 31st minute.
Gladbrook-Reinbeck out-shot the Trojans 5-2 in the final nine minutes of the first half but the match would remain a draw at intermission.
"We have too many guys trying to prove they can tear the cover off the ball," Coach Dinsdale said. "I would rather have them prove to me that they can put it through the posts and then worry about taking the cover off the ball."
The two teams played to a much more even battle in the second half as the temperature began to fall and the rain started to come down.
Dinsdale had a chance to break the tie early in the second half as he got into the open field and behind the STC defense, but his shot sailed just wide of the net.
It remained a stalemate until the closing minute when Peterson got free on the outside and drilled a shot past Trojan senior keeper Bryce Climer for what would be the game-winner.
"It was a good test for us. It lets us know what we have to work on," Coach Dinsdale said. "It'll come. We have come a long ways since our first practice, but we still have a long ways to go."
The Rebels took all five corner kicks in the match and were only called for one foul in 80 minutes. Freshman Josh Cooley got the win in the net as he stopped five Trojan shots. Climer came up with four saves in the losing effort.
"We lost too many 50-50 balls tonight," Shklyarov said. "We have to control it better. I cannot be happy with this result.
"I know we are better than this," he added. "I've said before, my goal is to make this team a headache for any opponent regardless the final result of the game. I am sure our opponent yesterday was extremely happy to finish that game. So in a way we are moving in the right direction."