BAXTER -- It took a while but it was worth the wait.
The Brainerd Warrior boys' soccer team waited nearly four games to get its first win of the season. On Tuesday the Warriors' Nick Mangan scored 7:35 into overtime in a 1-0 victory over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles.
Brainerd had lost its first three games by 2-1 scores and appeared to be headed to a scoreless deadlock before Mangan tallied, with an assist from Nick Nathan.
Apollo keeper Ross Johnson came out of the net and Mangan weaved his way around Johnson to register the game's only goal.
"We were on a crazy rush because it was in overtime," Mangan said. "I saw the straight line run and Nick Nathan hit me. I went right through the line of defense, took one touch and buried it off the volley."
Warriors first-year coach Cahil Collins said the scoring play was the result of teamwork.
"Karl Magnuson passed it to Angelo Polcaro, Angelo passed to Nick Mangan and Nick put it in the net," Collins said. "It was unselfishness, great ballwork, good passing."
Brainerd, which outshot the Eagles 13-10, had the majority of the game's quality scoring chances.
"We came together on defense," Collins said. "We were moving the ball up, we had several opportunities, we're just happy to get the last one in the net."
Warriors 1, Apollo 0, OT
The key: Nick Mangan scored at the 87:35 mark and goalkeeper Josiah Collins stopped 10 shots as Brainerd secured its first victory.
Conference: SCA 1-4-0, Brd 1-3-0.
Overall: SCA 1-5-0, Brd 1-3-0.
Next: Little Falls vs. Brainerd at Baxter 5 p.m. Thursday.
In the first half, the Warriors outshot Apollo 6-3 with Magnuson's blast over the cage from close range in the 31st minute their best scoring opportunity.
Brainerd's Morgan Impola drilled a shot over the net in the 48th minute. Max Schneider had two golden opportunities in the next 20-plus minutes, one he kicked wide left, the other was stopped by Eagles keeper Ross Johnson.
Josh Johnson appeared to have given the Warriors the win in the 74th minute of regulation but his goal was disallowed because of an offside call.
The Eagles' Josh Kiley almost scored with 10 seconds left in regulation but kicked the ball over the net.
The majority of Apollo's chances were from a good distance from Warriors keeper Josiah Collins.
"To date we've had six mental errors where we let somebody get goal side of us," Cahil Collins said. "That's how many goals have been scored against us.
"(Tuesday) we played strong. Our midfielders were getting back and helping out so they didn't get a lot of opportunities to shoot. The shots (Apollo was) taking were far enough out that our goalkeeper had the opportunity to stop them."
Schneider had the best chance early in overtime but booted the ball over the Apollo goal.
St. Cloud Apollo 0 0 0 -- 0
Brainerd 0 0 1 -- 1
First half -- No scoring
Second half -- No scoring
Overtime -- Brd-Nick Mangan (Nick Nathan) 87:35
Shots on goal -- SCA 3-5-2--10, Brd 6-5-2--13
Goalies -- SCA, Ross Johnson (12 saves), Josiah Collins (10 saves)
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