OTTUMWA — Sometimes a game comes down to a moment.
Who can capitalize on that moment?
The answer to that question usually answers the question of who will win and who will lose?
On Tuesday night, Charlie Altfillisch and Arny Perez stood at opposite ends of moments that were mirror images of each other. For one of the Ottumwa boys soccer players, the ball was at his feet with the momentum of the game essentially in his hands.
Altfillisch didn’t let the moment slip away. The Bulldog senior ripped home a penalty kick less than five minutes before halftime for the first goal of the game to give Ottumwa a huge boost heading into the second half.
“We played well throughout that entire first half and it was nice to finally get some momentum going into halftime,” Altfillisch said. “To finally put one into the back of the net was huge for us.”
“That’s one of those things where you either come up short and the momentum goes against you or you get a goal and momentum goes on your side,” Ottumwa head boys soccer coach Aaron Rose said.
Perez kept that momentum in the Bulldogs control, stepping up when his moment was called upon. The Ottumwa goalie stopped Fairfield’s chance to answer Altfillisch’s penalty shot midway through the second half before Ismar Argueta put away the Bulldog boys second win in as many nights at Eric Wertheim Field with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Trojans Tuesday night, just 24 hours after earning a 3-2 double-overtime win over Centerville on Monday.
“We played a really good first half, but the intensity was even better for us in the second half,” Rose said. “There’s nothing better then getting back-to-back wins, especially in front of your home crowd.”