Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny

Jon Ander Ibarrondo of the Mutiny scores the winning goal in the match with Carolina Dynamo of Greensboro, North Carolina, on Saturday at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex. Photo by Janet Morgan/Myrtle Beach Herald

The Myrtle Beach Mutiny needed a wake-up call late Saturday night. They got it just in the nick of time from the team’s most reliable veteran.

Trailing 3-1 at halftime, the Mutiny rallied to level the match before fifth-year Mutineer Jon Ander Ibarrondo scored the game-winner in the final minute of regulation. He added an insurance goal in the final seconds of stoppage time to give the Mutiny a 5-3 win over the visiting Carolina Dynamo.

“We’ve been playing every Wednesday and Saturday, so we were a little tired and a few of the guys have injuries they need to rest,” Ibarrondo said. “Maybe we were a little overconfident since we beat this team 6-0 the first time. We didn’t play well in the first half but we woke up in the second.”

The Mutiny scored four unanswered goals in the second half following a disappointing first. Myrtle Beach’s Carlton McKenzie scored just 38 seconds into the contest, perhaps giving the Mutiny a false sense of security. The Dynamo scored three straight goals on defensive breakdowns to lead 3-1.

But the Mutiny came alive right out of the gate in the second. Joao Delgado scored goals on a pair of diving headers to even it up at 3-all. Delgado then served up the perfect assist to Ibarrondo right in front of the goal for the game-winner. He added a chip shot over the Dynamo goalie to cap the comeback.

“Joao put it right in front of me and all I had to do was knock it in,” Ibarrondo said. “We play really well together. It took some time for us to get it going tonight but we showed that we never quit.”

With the win, the Mutiny remains in first place in the PDL South Atlantic Division at 5-2-2. They return to action Wednesday against South Georgia at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex.

 

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