CREVE COEUR • Ladue junior Reid Cytron wrapped up a long day of soccer Saturday at MICDS with a picture-perfect shot.
With just over 2 ½ minutes to play in the first 10-minute overtime period, Cytron received the ball on the left side and cut the ball toward the middle of the field.
“At first, I didn't think I had a shot,'' he said. “So, I took another touch and hit it. I wasn't sure about it going in, but then it dipped.''
And went right into the upper-right corner to give the Rams a 2-1 victory over Westminster Christian in the MICDS Tournament championship.
While Cytron wasn't sure about the 20-yard shot, both coaches were in perfect position to watch the game-winning blast.
“From our bench, I had a ridiculously good angle of it,'' Ladue coach Matt Prange said. “Right away, I could see that it was headed for the corner and that their keeper wasn't going to get there. It was just an incredible shot.''
Added Westminster coach Dan Legters: “I guess if you're going to lose, you want it to be on a shot like that. When the ball left his foot, I knew we were in trouble. He struck it extremely well and it put it in a spot where it was almost impossible to stop.''
It was the second dramatic victory of the day for Ladue (4-2), which slipped by the host school in penalty kicks earlier Saturday in a semifinal match that started on Thursday and was postponed due to darkness.
“We knew we had to face a couple of tough teams today, but we came in feeling confident,'' Cytron said. “We worked hard and worked well as a team. Hopefully, this gives us something to build off for the rest of the season.''
Westminster (3-1) controlled play early in Saturday's title match, but fell behind in the 11th minute when Cytron converted a penalty kick. On the play, Cytron slotted a pass to teammate Michael Wielansky, who was taken down in the box.
Ladue keeper Eric Stuber kept his team in the game with some solid play in the box, but was unable to keep the Wildcats from pulling even midway through the second half. Following a corner from Robert Loaney, the ball fell to Westminster's Tristan Becker, who scored on a well-struck side volley.
Early in the overtime, the Wildcats' Sean Appelbaum set up teammate Grayson Everhardt, but Everhardt knocked his shot wide.
“We had a chance to win it and couldn't put the shot away,'' Legters said. “We're disappointed, sure, but it's early in the season and I think we come out of this week with a lot of positives. Hopefully, we can learn from this and can keep working to get better.''
Bouncing back quickly following the penalty-kick loss to Ladue, MICDS (2-2) defeated Affton 2-1 in the third-place match Saturday. The loss dropped Affton to 1-2.