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Harvey withstands Kenston comeback bid for wild 4-3 victory

Published in The News-Herald
October 24, 2021
Chris Lillstrung

In its Division I sectional final Oct. 23 against visiting Kenston, Harvey had to feel like it absorbed a haymaker.

The Red Raiders had taken a three-goal lead late in the opening 40, only for the Bombers to their utmost credit to come all the way back to equalize.

Then Brandon Torres netted a haymaker of his own.

The junior midfielder’s strike in the 55th minute proved decisive as Harvey walked away with a wild 4-3 victory.

The Red Raiders (16-3) will travel to University for a semifinal in the D-I Northeast 3 District on Oct. 26, time to be determined but of course has to be an afternoon kickoff in Hunting Valley.

It was treacherous on this evening in Painesville, but ultimately worthwhile.

“Yeah, it was a great match,” Harvey coach Natalie Sisler said. “They pushed us, Kenston did. We definitely showed our mental toughness. For sure, this is one of the few games where we’ve kind of been tested, going back and forth mentally. So that was good, especially going into this next round. Our guys played really well overall. There are a few areas, especially in the first half, where we need to get going quicker. But once we found it and we were going, we were good to go.

“But we’ve just got to fight back sooner and do better on our free kicks, corners, all of that obviously.”

They’ll have some time on the training ground to refine that, because the season marches on.

The Red Raiders took a 3-0 lead by the 36th minute, including Manuel Delgado’s header off Julio Espinoza free kick service in the 34th.

Kenston wasn’t about to go quietly, though.

It began with Joey Holodinski’s header off a Parker Munday corner in the 39th.

Then it was Rex Eberhart’s banger at the right post on a rebound in the 48th.

Then, when Munday, moved up to striker from center back to jump-start the attack, touched in a rebound off a Carter Flynn free kick in the 50th, suddenly it was a 3-3 match.

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