The State Fair Community College Soccer Roadrunners endured two overtimes Friday afternoon at home and walked away with a tie.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

The Roadrunners played the East Central College Falcons and at the end of two halves, tied it, 3-all. The score remained the same at the end of the second OT. That makes SFCC's win-loss record 8-6-1 overall.

Turning that tie into a win for State Fair could have happened a lot sooner, according to head coach Jaime Beltran.

“We could have closed it out in regulation like we were about to do,” coach Beltran said after the game. “It was close. We just couldn't possess enough in that last minute. We wish we could have cut out a few little mistakes, and if we can do that, we'll be a force to be reckoned with. But right now, we commit suicide sometimes.”

The team appeared to stay strong from start to finish, but that fourth goal was elusive enough to end the conference match in a 3-3 tie.

“We didn't have anybody cramped up and that's why what we do in pre-season so that we can be ready for things like this. They responded well. Obviously, it's not very hot (today) so that helps. But I wish the ref had seen that penalty kick there at the end,” Beltran said. “Everybody saw it, except for him. Even their coach was like 'Eh, we got lucky with that one.' But it is what it is.”

Next up for the Roadrunners is a conference match with the St. Louis Community College Archers on Sunday at 2 p.m.

“Right now, they're number one in the nation, so it'll be interesting for us to turn it around 48 hours after this game. But that's why we play the games,” coach Beltran said.

The head coach would not divulge any special tactics he plans for Sunday's match. “Nothing I want in the paper or on the radio for them to find out about,” he laughed.

On Tuesday, SFCC plays MCC-Blue River in a non-conference matchup. And Missouri Valley closes out the regular season Sunday, Oct. 15 at Marshall.

The SFCC Lady Roadrunners' match scheduled to follow the men's game Friday was canceled due to rainy weather. They are slated to play MCC-Blue River at home on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The Lady Soccer Roadrunners are currently 3-9-1.

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