The seventh-ranked Coldwater Cardinals defeated the sixth-ranked Marshall Redhawks 3-2 Saturday in overtime for the District 19 boys soccer championship. It is the first ever district title for Coldwater, flipping the script from last season with Marshall. In 2016, Coldwater won twice in the regular season, only for the Redhawks to win in the postseason. This year, the Cardinals took the district match, despite losing twice in the regular season.
Coldwater scored the opening goal after 10:15 of play with Mohamed Nagi scoring on an assist from Jon Brownell. 94 seconds before halftime, the Redhawks found Brett Swaton off a corner kick to even it up. The game stayed locked at 1-1 until 5:05 remained in the second half.
The Cardinals took the lead on a penalty kick, set up after Marshall goalkeeper Jack Vezmar earned a yellow card on a foul in the box. Ahmed Saied put the PK to the his left post by Brandon Face to put Coldwater ahead. However, the Redhawks tied the contest with 57 seconds remaining. Someone for Marshall was able to tap it just in after a wild exchange at the goal line, including a collision for Coldwater keeper Balal Nasser. After a delay and arguments from both sides, the goal stood and the game went into overtime at 2-2.
With 5:19 left in the second overtime period, Coldwater scored what would be the game winning goal. A Nasser Nagi shot hit the post, deflecting to Nasser’s brother Mohamed for his second goal of the game and ninth of the season.
Both Coldwater and Marshall’s overall record moves to 20-3-1 following the match. Coldwater finishes with a home record of 10-0-1. It was the final match for Redhawk seniors Brandon Face, Reed Shivley, Ashton DeLong, Trace Reincke, and Ben Woodworth. Coldwater advances to the Regional Semifinal at Marshall Tuesday at 7 p.m. against top-ranked and unbeaten Dexter. Check back later to the Slocum Sports Network Sunday evening to see if we’ll be broadcasting that Regional.
Listen back to Saturday’s match below: