Photo by Marvin Gentry| AHSAA Photographer
Russellville 3, Crossville 2 (2 0T)
HUNTSVILLE – Russellville High School junior midfielder Yamilson Velasquez drilled a kick into the corner of the net in the second overtime to lift the Golden Tigers to a 3-2 win over Crossville in the AHSAA Class 4A/5A boys’ soccer semifinals here at John Hunt Soccer Complex Thursday night.
Velaquez’s powerful kick signaled the end of one of the best-played matches in recent AHSAA state soccer tourney history. Crossville (16-3-0), coached by Isaac Dismuke, took a 1-0 lead early when Rodolfo Balcazar scored on an assist from Alan Balcazar at 24:25 of the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Russellville (19-2-1) tied the match 11 minutes into the second half on the first of two goals by senior forward Juan Cano. Both goals came two minutes apart to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Rogelio Ramirez tied the match on a penalty kick at the 60:31 mark and the match moved into overtime.