TROY, Ill. • Tucker Shalley could hear the pulse of his heart in his ear and feel the adrenaline coursing through his veins as Triad sent a barrage of shots his way.
With a minute to play in a one-goal game, the Jerseyville junior keeper stood his ground and got a little help.
Among the bevy of shots, one slipped past the outstretched fingers of Shalley but hit the post to preserve Jerseyville's 3-2 conference victory over Triad Tuesday night.
"I was on the right side of the goal and I was expecting a shot from the right and he crossed it to the left side," Shalley said. "I didn't know what to expect, but that was a good shot. A very good shot."
Jerseyville (8-2, 1-2 MVC), the No. 10 ranked small school in the STLhighschoolsports.com rankings, snapped a four-game losing streak to Triad. The 8-2 start it the fourth time in the past five seasons the Panthers have started 8-2 or better.
"Coming to Triad and getting a win, we're very pleased with that," Jerseyville coach Scott Burney said. "They're a great team. Coach (Jim) Jackson does a phenomenal job and these games are something we always look forward to."
Triad unleashed everything it had at Shalley and his defense in the final 60 seconds in an attempt to force overtime.
"That final minute, my heart was pumping and racing," Shalley said. "It just seemed like every cherry bomb I kicked, Triad was coming right back at me."
The one shot that Shalley wasn't able to corral clanged off the top of the post and rolled back to his defense, which they promptly cleared before running out the rest of the clock.
"I rely on my defense a lot," Shalley said. "I think I have the best in the league and I wouldn't have as many shutouts as I would without them."
The closing minute of regulation was a microcosm of the entire game as Triad (6-3-2, 2-1 MVC) sent shot after shot at Shalley. Triad took 18 shots, 16 on goal, against Jerseyville.
"We didn't keep our composure a lot and we played in a hurry," Triad coach Jim Jackson said. "We've been working on this. We haven't scored a bunch of goals. As well as we've played this year, we've haven't been finishing."
Shalley picked up eight saves against the aggressive Triad offense.
Jerseyville only had a handful of opportunities on offense but cashed in on them.
Senior captain Wyatt Freand opened the scoring for Jerseyville, picking up his 12th goal of the season midway through the first half. Sophomore Andrew Kribs scored his eighth goal of the year 13 minutes before halftime then burried the game-winner with 25 minutes to play.
"We know we're not going to get a ton of opportunities because we don't have a ton of weapons, but the two weapons we have up top are very dangerous," Burney said. "Once they get the ball on their foot, they can beat you when they get the opportunity."
Triad senior Grant Keller scored in the closing minutes of the first half to trim the deficit to 2-1 at the break. Junior Tucker Kendrick scored his third goal of the year midway through the second half to cut it to 3-2.