When Zach Webb suddenly found himself on the field Tuesday afternoon in a huge rivalry game, his main priority was to not stand out because of a glaring error.
He did end up finding the spotlight – but for all the right reasons.
Webb scored the game-winning goal just over four minutes into overtime to lift the Kingsway boys soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Clearview in Tri-County Conference Royal Division action.
Chris Spicer also scored an assisted on the game-winner as the Dragons improved to 2-2-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the division. The Pioneers suffered their first loss and fell to 3-1 overall and in the Royal.
“We had a corner kick and I have height so they told me to go up and try to score a goal,” said Webb, a sophomore defender. “But it wasn’t even a header; it was on the ground. I was in the right spot at the right time and I hit it and it went in. That was my first varsity goal and it was a great feeling.”
Spicer, a senior striker, collected the ball off the corner kick and did not hesitate in setting up his young teammate, who was all alone near the top of the box.
“I didn’t have an angle on that shot,” Spicer said. “I knew if I shot it would not have gone in and would have hit off a defender. So I went to my next best option and got it to the kid. I know he hasn’t played much but I had trust in him and he scored a great goal.”
The fact that Webb was even in the game was a surprise. He entered with about 24 minutes remaining in regulation to replace starting outside back Pat Roche, who suffered a high ankle sprain.
The underclassman also played well defensively and showed no sign of nerves.
“I saw him get hurt and I was scared at first,” Webb said. “But as soon as I got into the game I got right into my mode. I just tried to not make any mistakes and keep it simple and it turned out well.”
The thrilling win helped Kingsway avenge a pair of one-goal losses to Clearview last year, including one in overtime.
“We always have memorable games,” Kingsway coach John Green said. “Last year when they were here they scored a goal from far out (to win). This year we have a sub who has been great and would probably be starting most years (and he scores the game-winner). Zach slid right in. That’s been the mentality we’ve had – next man up.”
Spicer opened the scoring for Kingsway in the 15th minute. His shot from inside the box to the right of the goal deflected off a defender and into the far top corner for his second goal of the season.
“As a striker I’ve been struggling to find the back of the net,” he said. “I haven’t really been taking enough shots