Thomson's boys' soccer team lost to ARC 3-2 in overtime play in a closely fought regional match March 8.
"This one hurt," head coach Zack Tucker admitted after the game. "But I can't fault our guys. We played beautifully. We just made a couple of mistakes and a couple of calls went against us, and it came back to bite us."
Neither team dominated possession in the game, which was played before a small but enthusiastic and vocal crowd. Though Thomson and ARC each had numerous shots on goal, strong goal defense held both teams scoreless in the first half.
"It's a well played, closely matched game," assistant coach Brad Adams said during the half.
Strong defensive play continued into the second half, but a penalty kick by Richmond sophomore Joseph Ardrey gave ARC its first goal at 15:46 into the half. Thomson responded when senior Talles Cardosa scored at 20:13 into the half.
"That goal felt great," Cardosa said after the game. "We were trailing, and then we tied it up. It was awesome."
The score didn't remain tied for long, though, as ARC senior John Jacobs gave Richmond the lead with a goal at the 21:32 mark. But Thomson's Cardosa again tied the score, this time on a penalty kick with just over a minute left in the game. Neither team scored again in regulation play, sending the game into overtime, which consists of two five-minute halves.
"We have to have this," Tucker told his team as he assigned positions for overtime play. "If we play like we've been playing, we will win this."
Overtime proved unlucky for the Dogs, though, as Richmond's Ardrey scored his second goal of the night just 26 seconds into the first overtime half. Thomson was unable to score in the time remaining.
"We should have won this one," Thomson goalie John John Atkins told his teammates after the game.
"We outplayed that team tonight," Tucker said after the game.
"We outran them, and we out-hustled them. We just didn't get enough balls in net. Soccer's one of those games where you can dominate the other team for 80 minutes and still lose the game because of a deflection. I'm proud of how everyone played; we were almost perfect. John John's right -- we should have won it."
Thomson's scheduled March 10 trip to Josey was canceled. The team's next home game was against Washington County on Tuesday.