ARGOS — When a player receives a yellow card, sometimes it works in his team's favor.
After scoring his team-leading 22nd goal of the year in the 10th minute to give the Boone Grove boys soccer team a 1-0 lead over Class 1A No. 17 Bremen, senior forward Logan Tatalovich experienced an interesting match as the Wolves went on to earn a 4-1 victory.
Bremen freshman midfielder Alex Alvarado tied the match in the 23rd minute after the Wolves (17-2-1) committed a foul a yard outside the Boone Grove box and the Lions took advantage after Alvarado's shot deflected off a crowd and went past Boone Grove junior keeper Quinn Walker.
Bremen (13-5-2) took No. 5 Boone Grove out of its game for the majority of the latter part of the first half, but Tatalovich and Co. remained focused on the task at hand — getting to their second straight regional final.
Tatalovich was undercut by Bremen's main defender Noah Reed in the 51st minute and appeared to be favoring his hip, walking gingerly with his mobility limited.
"I'm a little sore, but it's probably just a Charley horse," he said.
He got a bit of a reprieve at the 53:25 mark after he was issued a yellow card for falling on Bremen senior keeper Brooks Feldman after his shot attempt was denied and directed out of bounds.
The senior was out for all of 1:15 and some four minutes later, junior Angel Castellanos netted his 21st goal of the year to put the Wolves up 2-1.
was marked by two Lions defenders and Castellanos used his speed to navigate through and shoot it past three other defenders.
Boone Grove coach Brian Sherwin and Tatalovich were able to have a brief discussion during his time out of the match.
"I told him to just calm down and the goals will happen," Sherwin said.
After Walker denied Bremen senior forward Jose Gallegos at point-blank range twice within four minutes, Tatalovich added his second goal of the match at 71:51 when he was first denied by Feldman and then after Feldman came out, Tatalovich lofted one over four Bremen defenders.
The sequence started because he left the ball for Castellanos on the far side, giving his team a great chance to score.
In quintessential fashion, Tatalovich had a play like that during sectionals, with the only difference being that he did it on his own.
"There was a game where a defender was grabbing his jersey and Logan scored the goal with his left foot at an awkward angle falling down and I don't think the goalie even saw it until it was in the back of the net," Sherwin said. "He has done a great job and and just finds ways to score."
The 6-foot-3 senior has a knack for scoring a goal when his team needs it.
As a junior last year, he scored the game-winning goal to give Boone Grove its first regional title on a penalty kick with 30 seconds left in the match against Bethany Christian in a 2-1 victory.
"Logan is very passionate about soccer and losing is just never in his mind," said Sherwin. "He, along with the other seniors, have started since they were sophomores."
Tatalovich said that it's been quite a ride with his teammates.
"Our sophomore season was our building year, junior year we were strong and this year we have a chance to make it further, but we can't take anyone easy," he said.