The Beatrice boys soccer team won in thrilling fashion in their home opener Tuesday night.
With the score 1-1, the Orangemen would win in a shootout against Ralston at the House of Orange.
"This win was really big for our team and our program," said Beatrice Coach Dave Henning. "It is our second conference game in the new Trailblazer Conference and our second win. To be 3-1 is a great feeling and a huge confidence boost for our team."
Ralston was able to take a 1-0 lead in the first half when a shot from well outside the goalie box got just above the Beatrice goalkeeper's hands and just under the cross bar.
The score would remain 1-0 going into half time, but Beatrice would get a goal late in the second half when Bennett Crandall got in behind the defense and headed the ball into the back of the net.
From there, it was tied 1-1 through regulation and through both 10 minute overtime periods.
In the penalty kicks, Beatrice made four of their six shots while Orangemen goalkeeper Connor Kelley was able to save three penalty kicks. With the penalty he saved against Schuyler on Saturday, Kelley has now saved 4 of 7 penalties.
"That's a really amazing record for any keeper," Henning said.
Henning said he told the team after the game he's proud to be associated with a team that plays with so much heart, grit and determination.
"This team is full of individuals that are willing to do whatever it takes to win," Henning said. "We have no one player that is worried about being the star. They are a true team."
The Beatrice boys are out to a 3-1 start on the season and will host Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the House of Orange.
"We would love to see a crowed out there as we continue to build our program," Henning said.
Lady O falls to Norris
The Beatrice girls soccer team played in rainy conditions on Monday night against Norris at the House of Orange.
The Lady O fell to the visiting Titans 9-0.
The Beatrice girls are now 0-2 on the season and they will travel to Lincoln Lutheran/Raymond Central on Saturday.