Back and forth, opportunity both ways, Southwest Christian and Holy Family Catholic boys soccer sure looked destined for a draw knotted at two in the closing minutes.
Patrick Dowling and Kaden Dervin had other plans.
A give-and-go-and-give again play produced the winning tally with around a minute left on the clock, giving the Fire a 3-2 win on the road in Chaska Sept. 1.
It was the 100th career win for Holy Family head coach Jorge Oconitrillo.
Twice the Fire held one-goal advantages, an early tally from Bishop Schugel before Dowling fed Ryder Ferguson for the go-ahead score in the 59th minute.
Southwest Christian, coming off a dominating win over Providence Academy, had an answer each time. First it was Luke Kamm with a mild breakaway, beating Fire goaltender Dylan Ehlers short side.
Just 30 seconds after the Ferguson score, the Stars evened the game at two.
Both goaltenders came up big, Ehlers making three of his five saves in the first half. Bergen Rosdahl tallied eight saves in the second half, 10 for the game.
Eleven minutes in, Holy Family Catholic led 2-0 at Minneapolis Southwest on Sept. 3. Eighty minutes in the books, the Fire had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
The Lakers scored twice in the first half to even the match into the break.
Bishop Schugel netted a pair of goals in the early minutes, finishing a feed from freshman Cris Corrales in the fifth minute.
Schugel won a 50-50 ball in the middle of the field, beating the goaltender for the two-goal lead.
For Southwest Christian, freshman Jake Bettin netted a hat trick in the first half, Jon Brain completing his after intermission, as the Stars bounced back off a defeat to win 8-0 at Jordan Sept. 3.
The Stars have scored 17 goals in the first three matches of the season.
Play to the final whistle coaches always say to players.
Mary Furlong did just that for Holy Family Catholic girls soccer. The junior scored an unassisted goal with 38 seconds remaining as the Fire topped Southwest Christian 1-0 in Victoria Sept. 1.
The Stars outshot the Fire 10-8. Bella Hocevar made 10 saves in net for the victorious Fire.
Southwest Christian (3-1) did rebound Sept. 3 with a 3-0 road win at Jordan. Goals came from Emma Baribault, Payton Stafford and Samantha Anderson for the Stars.