RYE, N.Y. Josh Kogan picked up a loose ball at the Rye 40-yard line with just under two minutes remaining and knew immediately what he was going to do.
The Horace Greeley senior and defender unleashed a shot on goal and it would be the difference as the Quakers overcame a determined Rye, 1-0, in overtime of a Section 1 boys soccer game Wednesday.
The win snapped a mini three-game losing streak for the Quakers, who are now 5-7. It was Kogans second goal of the season and first game-winner.
I love that shot from long distance and I just feel confident, said Kogan, a three-year varsity player. I had scored my other, against North Salem, from around the same distance.
A Greeley player sent the ball into Ryes zone and, after a brief exchange, it was cleared to midfield. Kogan, who had pushed up field along with his fellow defenders, corralled the ball, took a stride and stepped into a shot. The ball went whistling through the crisp night air and hit the crossbar, just evading a leaping Rye goalie Liam Harris. The ball caromed down off the crossbar and fell behind Harris, sending Greeley on a mad rush to congratulate Kogan.
I took that spot in the middle of the field because I figured the ball was coming out, Kogan said. My patience paid off and I thought pass first.
I know the Rye goalie is a very good keeper. When I took the shot, I felt it was strong enough. When it went right off the crossbar, I got a little bit of a lucky bounce.
Kogan said it was a timely and much-needed win after tough losses last week to Byram Hills, Keio and undefeated Port Chester.
Rye coach Jared Small felt for his team, who he said played an excellent game.
I give Greeley credit for a good shot and it was kind of an unlucky bounce for us, Small said. We played 90 minutes against a really strong team and we had some legitimate chances to score.
Small said this strong effort followed up an excellent showing against Byram Hills in Ryes previous game.