Tuesday's boys soccer matchup between Burnsville and Rosemount highlighted the importance of closing out one's opponent.
After thoroughly outplaying the Irish for much of the match at Burnsville's Bob Pates Stadium, the Blaze found themselves with a comfortable 3-0 lead with 16:30 left to play. But, despite appearances, the lead was in fact a surmountable one.
Irish sophomore Kohl Sparrman lit a fire in the collective belly of his teammates when he took advantage of a sloppy defensive play inside the Blaze box and scored a penalty kick with 16:30 left to play.
Miscommunication between Blaze goalkeeper Mayowa Lekuti and his defenders left Irish playmaker Andrew Smeed unmarked and alone in front of the net. Smeed scored easily with 7:43 to play.
Burnsville continued to dominate play in the midfield and offensive third of the field but could not sort out its shaky defensive play. Rosemount was able to tie the game 3-3 courtesy of a second scramble in front of the Burnsville net with 2:20 left in regulation play.
The teams played two 10-minute halves of overtime but the tie would not be broken.
The result left Burnsville with a conference record of 3-2-3 and Rosemount with a record of 2-5-1.