The Trinity Lutheran boys soccer team lost 3-2 to Hauser in overtime in the Jac-Cen-Del Sectional 56 Tournament on Wednesday night.
The score was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation before the Jets scored their winning goal 30 seconds into the first seven-minute overtime.
Both teams started out aggressive, as they both had corner kicks within the first two minutes of the match.
The Cougars and Jets battled to a scoreless tie Sept. 3, and Trinity coach Brandan Tabeling said he was expecting a fierce, highly-competitive battle in the Class A Sectional.
“The way the whole game played out, we told them we doubted it was going to be a 0-0 tie like it was during the season,” he said.
“We were not at full strength in that match, and neither were they, as both teams were missing some players.
“We were in an 80-minute battle, and it didn’t turn out like we expected. We didn’t end up on the winning side.”
The Cougars held a 1-0 lead at the half as Bobby Tabeling possessed the ball near midfield and advanced it toward the goal and passed to AJ Goecker, who then passed to Chris Rust for the score with 26:27 on the clock.
Hauser had a free kick with 8 minutes left in the half but the Jets’ shot went over the net.
The Jets attempted another free kick from the side, but that kick fell short as Cougar goalie Luke Onken retrieved the ball.
Hauser tied the match at 1-1 when Aaron Sweet scored on a penalty kick with 35:30 remaining in regulation.
Bobby Tabeling didn’t waste any time breaking the tie as he received a pass from Rust and scored at 35:09.
“I think that is the first time that we have done that all year,” coach Tabeling said.
The Cougars had an excellent opportunity to increase their lead when Rust had a shot straight on, but his kick sailed over the net with 33 minutes remaining in the second half.
Hauser scored its second goal with 20 minutes remaining in regulation and the teams battled on even terms for the remainder of regulation.
Coach Tabeling said he felt like the first turning point was when Bobby Tabeling scored to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead 21 seconds after the Jets’ penalty kick.
“When we went up 2-1, I thought that would be the turning point,” coach Tabeling said.
“We made a nice play when we got the ball on the wing, crossed it and scored, and I thought we would hunker down and finish the game.
“I guess their third goal in overtime was the turning point because at that time it was do or die. The whole game both teams battled 50-50 and gave 100 percent.”
The Cougars finished with 12 shots to 11 for the Jets, and Onken had five saves.
Andrew Emily played goalie in the second seven-minute overtime, recording two saves, so Onken could play out on the field and attack.
The Cougars finish their 2015 campaign 6-8-2.
Hauser will play Jac-Cen-Del at 2 p.m. Saturday for the championship after the Eagles defeated Oldenburg Academy 3-2 in the first match Wednesday night.