Missed Opportunities, Uncounted Goals Sink Eagles Against Dixon
Sullivan was looking to snap a six-game losing streak on Thursday against Dixon, but two goals that were called back by referees and a slew of missed chances added up in a 3-2 defeat.
Owen Farrell and Charlie Lohden each scored for the Eagles and both had scores that referees whistled off.
Farrell’s goal was called off on an offsides.
Referees said that Lohden’s goal never crossed the line even though it appeared that the goalkeeper fumbled the ball into the net.
The head referee halted play to review, but the linesman said the ball didn’t cross the threshold.
It was a frustrating night for Sullivan.
The Eagles quickly found themselves in a 2-0 hole just eight minutes into the game. Dixon fired two quick goals back-to-back.
Dixon dominated possession in those early minutes, but allowed Sullivan to tie the game eight minutes into the second half.
Three minutes later, the Bulldogs went back on top. They resisted Sullivan’s attacks in the final minutes, heading off several corner kicks.
All three Dixon goals came with them getting ahead of the defense. The game-winner saw the ball bounce past Eagles goalkeeper Andrew Starr, who gave chase, but failed to stop it from crossing the line.
Dixon turned the Eagles around in the eighth minute when (17) corralled the ball in the corner and passed to (9) in the middle. With Sullivan’s defenders behind him, 9 shot a laser past Starr for a 1-0 lead.
Seconds later, (22) broke away from the defense and lined up a shot. It was high — too high for Starr to deflect — and Dixon rode out to a 2-0 advantage.
Sullivan regrouped and had seemingly cut into the lead when Farrell found the back of the net. The goal was overruled on an offsides.
Farrell would get another chance in the 25th minute, but his shot from the left side was wide.
He finally got the Eagles on the board in the 35th minute on a penalty kick. Sullivan trailed 2-1 at the half.
Farrell’s attempt early in the second half was too high as the Eagles were denied again. In the 48th minute, Lohden got a free kick that went into a wall of defenders. Three minutes later, he had a goal waved away.
The Eagles received another penalty kick in the 47th minute, which went to Farrell. This time, his kick deflected off the crossbar. Possession stayed with Sullivan and on a corner kick, Lohden came through with the equalizer, making it 2-2.
Dixon seized the lead just a few minutes later and held on for the final 29 minutes.
Sullivan lost 3-1 against Pacific on Tuesday.
The Eagles trailed 2-1 at the half and were unable to catch up.
Drew Schlueter scored Sullivan’s only goal.
Cade Bell, Gavin Bukowsky and Faolin Kreienkamp had goals for Pacific.
Starr stopped 10 of 13 shots.
Sullivan traveled to Pacific on Tuesday and will host Warrenton on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. They play their final home game on Monday, Oct. 19 against St. Clair, then finish the regular season with three straight away games at Union, Festus and Borgia.