Discovery Canyon uses penalty shot to hold off Fountain-Fort Carson in boys' soccer

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Brendan Byrnes' successful penalty shot was the difference as Discovery Canyon downed Fountain-Fort Carson 2-1 on Tuesday at District 20 Stadium.

Fountain-Fort Carson (1-1) couldn't match the Thunder's speed and organization through three quarters of the game.

"We had plenty of shots. We have to focus on finishing," Thunder assistant coach Wayne Rainford said. "We're getting stronger as we go through."

Discovery Canyon pinned down Fountain-Fort Carson for long stretches and peppered goalkeeper Parker Josephson with shots early on.

With about 14 minutes left in the first half, a wide-open shot from Discovery Canyon sophomore midfielder Kyle Bergmeier rang off the crossbar. Bergmeier got tangled with Josephson and inadvertently blocked the second attempt, then corralled the ball and forced it past Josephson to make it 1-0.

"We were pretty much all over them," Bergmeier said.

Discovery Canyon (1-1) opened its season with a 7-2 loss to Ponderosa on Aug. 24. Rainford said the Thunder was missing five people and had no one to substitute, and the team was worn out in the latter part of the second half and gave up five goals.

Bergmeier said there was another letdown Tuesday, but the Thunder had reinforcements.

"Toward the end, we just ran out of gas. It fell apart a bit," Bergmeier said. "But our possession was good, and that's something to build off of."

This second half started well, with senior forward Byrnes drawing a foul and then burying the penalty shot nearly 10 minutes in to make it 2-0 with his second goal of the season.

Josephson kept the Trojans in it, making two point-blank saves after Kian Sablad evaded three Fountain-Fort Carson defenders to set up right in front of the goal.

Matching yellow cards seemed to spark the Trojans, and they got on the board with five minutes left in the game. Gaheris Owen raced in from the right side and goalkeeper Cory Gurnett went down. Owen sent a long shot into the left corner.

"We took advantage of a slip," Trojans coach Jake Heath said. "But after we scored the goal, we just didn't have enough time to build up again."

Discovery Canyon coach Flavio Mazzetti was "not on the premises," according to Rainford. The Thunder didn't miss him too much.

"There's always a part of the game that the coach will bring to you," Bergmeier said. "But he'll hear about it, he'll be proud and we'll work off that."