HARLINGEN — It’s been said time and time again that a 2-0 lead in soccer is the most dangerous lead to have. Players, sometimes, have a tendency to get comfortable with the lead and lose focus.
Unfortunately for the San Benito Greyhounds, they learned that tough lesson the hard way as the Harlingen South Hawks rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat an eight-man Greyhound team 6-3 in overtime at Bobby Morrow Stadium on Friday.
“Don’t get happy, don’t get comfortable,” was all San Benito head coach William Huerta could say after Damian Pagan scored the second goal of the night to give San Benito the 2-0 lead at the half. Jesus Serrato notched the game’s first goal after getting past Harlingen South’s defensive back line.
However, the lead was short lived as two minutes into the second half, South’s Robert Rodriguez gave an assist to Jose Lerma, who put away the goal. And 12 minutes later, Rodriguez would put away a goal of his own as he headed in a cross from a corner kick.
With the score tied a 2-2, South’s Eric Lopez found himself one-on-one with the goalie and gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead with 11 minutes remaining.
Thinking the loss was surely in the cards, San Benito’s Fabian Fonseca had other plans as he buried a spot kick from just outside the Hawks’ penalty box. Fonseca beat the Hawks’ defensive line and a diving goalkeeper to tie the game back up at 3-3 to force overtime.
However, things went from good to bad in a hurry for the ’Hounds as Lerma scored his second goal of the night and put South back on top.
And the goals kept coming for the Hawks as Rodriguez and Sean Muniz capped off the scoring for the night.
The win put the Hawks’ record at 7-4 with 21 points. San Benito finds itself with 11 points.