The Crowder College Roughriders came through Saturday afternoon with what their head coach Brad Smith called “a huge win.”

The Crowder College Roughriders came through Saturday afternoon with what their head coach Brad Smith called “a huge win.”
After surrendering a two-goal lead in the final 10 minutes of regulation, Crowder freshman Rodrigo Seguira broke into the open field and netted the game-winning goal only 22 seconds into overtime to give Crowder a 3-2 win over Region 16 opponent East Central.
Whatever Smith and the Crowder players said to each other before overtime started must have worked.
“I said, ‘attack,’” Smith said. “‘You’re falling back and playing defense, defense, defense. Let’s get forward.’ Fortunately, we got the kickoff and we got to go forward.”
Crowder won the coin toss and elected to receive starting overtime.
Over a 5-minute span of the first half, Crowder freshman Marlon Freitas gave the ’Riders a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals. Freitas showed the stuff that’s made him Crowder’s leading scorer this season.
Seguira and Ivo Santos had assists on Freitas’ goals and Freitas connected with Seguira in overtime.
East Central tied it up with goals in the 81st and 86th minute, including the tying header by freshman Alejandro Garcia.
“It’s what we talked about at halftime,” Smith said. “We started to play defense and try and win with what we had, and it didn’t work.”
It took 81 minutes for East Central to score against Crowder freshman Ben Spencer in goal. Spencer finished the match with five saves.
“Ben had a magnificent game up at Blue River,” Smith said. “He did well today.”
East Central took seven more shots overall (9-2) in the second half than Crowder, but the ’Riders made the only shot in overtime count for the win.
East Central committed 23 fouls compared to 11 for Crowder and four different players received yellow cards: Gavyn Prsha, Aaron Bannister, Jacob Erwin and Chukwujindu Israel-Bolarinwa.
Crowder improved to 6-8 overall this season and dropped East Central to 11-3-1 with its second one-goal loss in a row.
The ’Riders, a team filled with freshmen, started their season 1-6 and have won five of their last seven matches with their only losses against St. Louis (6-0) and Blue River (2-1).
“We’re learning,” Smith said. “We’re starting to play. We’re not taking the stupid fouls we were at the beginning of the year. Everybody knows these are the guys we’ve got. There’s not going to be guys coming off the bench. You’ve got to do your part. We only have a certain number of guys who are healthy and we hurt some more today, so I don’t know what we’ll be like on Tuesday.”
Crowder returns home Tuesday for a match against Jefferson (10-2).