All Jack Patching had to do was kick the ball. And he kicked it hard.
Running along the sideline, a defender draped all over him, Caleb Long sent a long kick toward the goalie box. The ball bounced off a group of Raiders and right in front of the foot of Patching, who sent a bullet past the goalie to tie the game near the midway point of the second half.
Navarre went on to score two more goals to complete a 4-2 come-from-behind win over the Patriots in the opening round of the District 1-4A tournament Monday night at the NYSA Soccer Complex.
Patching never had any doubt that the ball was going into the goal.
“When I struck it, it felt like I hit it right. The pass was perfect,” Patching said.
The goal was the ninth of the year for the Patching.
Seeded second in the tournament, the Raiders were on upset alert as the first half ended, trailing the seventh-seeded Patriots 2-1.
Patching breathed new life into Navarre (15-4-2). Three minutes after his goal, team captain Mason Fralick scored off a penalty kick.
Kenny Morillo capped the scoring with five minutes to play.
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