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Soccer: Morakinyo's late goal lifts Denmark past Blessed Trinity
Jacob Pelletier
Denmark sophomore Jacob Pelletier celebrates after scoring a goal Tuesday during the Danes' 2-1 win against Blessed Trinity. - photo by David Roberts

By Josh Holland

For the Forsyth County News

With seconds remaining at the end of extra time, and the score stuck at 1-1, the Denmark boys launched one more counter attack with the hope of finding the elusive goal that would give them the win. 

Dolapo Morakinyo, a junior from South Africa who moved to Forsyth County mere months ago, found the ball at his feet inside the box with 20 seconds remaining. He placed the shot perfectly in the bottom left-hand corner and gave Denmark a 2-1 lead to finish off Blessed Trinity on Tuesday night. 

Denmark was the better team for the majority of the match, as the Danes controlled possession and the tempo of the game. They scored the first goal as a result through sophomore Jacob Pelletier, who chipped the keeper 19 minutes into the game. 

At that point in the game, the Danes were dominating as Blessed Trinity was forced to live off the counter attack. However, two minutes after taking the lead, Denmark unnecessarily fouled Blessed Trinity sophomore Kyle Patterson inside the box, granting them a penalty.

Patterson converted it easily and got his side back on level terms. For the rest of regulation both teams grew increasingly frantic as they searched for the go-ahead goal to win. Both teams were visibly exhausted as they narrowly missed shot after shot and several players went down with cramps. 

Blade Power
Denmark senior Blade Power, left, sprints after a ball Tuesday during the Danes' 2-1 win against Blessed Trinity. - photo by David Roberts
Both goalkeepers deserve credit for keeping the game locked at one as well, because there were several occasions when they each made saves in one-on-one scenarios with attackers that could have easily broken the deadlock. 

This trend held true in extra time as well and the game looked destined to head to penalties until Morakinyo gave Denmark the lead with 20 seconds remaining. After the game, head coach Brett Godwin explained the process behind Morakinyo's impact performance. 

“(Morakinyo) just moved here from South Africa,” he said. “We worked hard to get him eligible. He’s been really patient, waiting for his time and his turn to get on the field, and he made a huge difference tonight and he took advantage of that moment in the last second of the game.”

Morakinyo’s late winner makes the Danes 4-2-2 overall and 1-0 in Region 7-4A, with a trip to White County next at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.