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Class 4A boys soccer: Connor Hartzell's overtime goal gives Mount St. Mary win over Santa Fe South

A cross kick bounced off the top of the goal and directly to Connor Hartzell's head, and the sophomore scored on a header with 1:44 left in overtime to give the Rockets a 2-1 win over No. 1 Santa Fe South and the Class 4A state championship.
BY JASON KERSEY Published: May 12, 2012

The mental toughness Boda has instilled in his team over the past four seasons was an absolute necessity Saturday, when the Rockets were down 1-0 as the game clock ticked below 30 seconds.

With 17 seconds remaining, the ball landed in front of Naugle off a corner kick, and he drilled it into the net to tie the match.

“Even with 17 seconds left, we still believed we could win,” Boda said.

Close games have defined St. Mary's postseason; the Rockets won their first-round game in overtime and won a shootout to top Poteau in the semifinals.

“We've played a lot of close games, and we stayed focus and finished,” Naugle said.

“Last year, we came in as the underdog, but we stayed the underdog and lost. This year, we came in as the underdog, but I felt like we believed in ourselves, and we finished.”

Yes, a lot has changed since that runner-up finish last year, not the least of which is Hartzell's maturity and focus.

“He's my wild card,” Boda said. “He's so young, so sometimes he plays well and sometimes he doesn't. I have to pick my spots with him.

“Today, I had a good feeling about putting him in the game.”