The Ravens travelled to Cardinal O'Hara on Tuesday looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat 10 days ago. Thanks to some hard work in practice Monday, Gary K., Eddie P., Chuck M., JT, and Michael K. earned starting positions. They provided some useful minutes to open the game, and looked dangerous at times as well.
The game's first 75 minutes had no goals, but plenty of chances. Gow came closest to scoring off a corner kick when Eddie found himself unmarked and the ball lofted towards him. The keeper closed quickly, and Eddie had to rush a volley that went over the bar. Gow keeper Greg K. came up with two big saves to prolong the scoreless tie.
O'Hara scored against the run of play with just under 5 minutes remaining. The Gow defense focussed their efforts on the opposition's best player, but when the ball fell to the feet of unmarked striker just outside the 18, he took his chance and rang in his shot off the far post.
Gow appeared headed for a disappointing loss, but fortune smiled on them twice with a minute to go. Icelandic sensation Bjorn got in a tussle on a 50-50 ball with an opposing player, and both coaches protested. The O'Hara player was booked, but somehow Bjorn avoided any disciplinary action. Having been lucky to stay on the field, he struck an amazing free kick from 65 yards out that sailed into the top right corner.
O'Hara players were stunned at the late turn of events, and though they tried to press in the overtime period, Gow was not to be denied. After gathering a lose ball, Greg punted over half of the field. Rush found Bjorn, who worked a give and go with Robert. From just outside the 18, Bjorn struck high through the keeper's hands for a "golden goal".
The win helps Gow's seeding in the upcoming postseason tournament, and a rematch with O'Hara may be the opening round pairing. Gow finishes this week with home games against Park and Saint Mary's of Lancaster.