Blue Devils nip Iowa Central in overtime thriller

Blue Devils nip Iowa Central in overtime thriller

As wins go, they don't get much better than Kansas City Kansas Community College's extra period 2-1 win over Iowa Central Sunday.

            Alejandro Maillet, a sophomore midfielder from Copenhagen, Denmark, headed home the game winner in the opening three minutes of overtime to give the Blue Devils (1-1-1) their first win of the season. The game-winner came on an assist from Cheslyn Ashby, a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa.

            The 'Golden Goal' set off a long and wild celebration as the entire squad engulfed Maillet and Ashby.

            "The game winner was a pin point cross from Cheslyn that Alejandro buried in the net with a powerful header," said KCKCC assistant coach Burke Slusher.  "The play was a team goal that started with the back and played through the midfield before eventually finding Ashby on the right flank. Ashby worked to beat a defender to drive the ball over another defender to find Maillet on a long run from the midfield."

            KCKCC took an early lead on a goal by sophomore Marco Cabral on an assist from freshman Elijah Bathily only to have Iowa Central tie it a few minutes later and the contest turned in to an exhausting defensive battle.

 "Pretty much a standoff the second half with both teams trading possessions," said Slusher. "It was a good win for us. Our guys are learning how to play together and trust one another. We just need to keep rolling."