South and West Stokes battled to a 2-2 tie in King on Monday after the Wildcats won earlier in the season 4-0 in Walnut Cove.
“We have been practicing hard and working on our aggressive play and tonight I could see a difference in our game,” said Danny Bowman, the Sauras coach. “We won the second half, now we just need to put it together.”
The Wildcats jumped on the board early in the game on a penalty kick by Jacob Doncescz four minutes into the contest. The Sauras had a hand foul in the penalty box allowing the Wildcats a chance at the lead.
“It was just one of those fluke things that worked out for them,” stated Bowman.
At the half, the Cats held the 1-0 advantage on nine shots to the Sauras one.
“I thought we started the game off aggressive, but then settled too much,” voiced Andrew O’Neal, the Wildcats coach. “We turned the intensity up when we needed to, but didn’t show it throughout the game. We have got to learn to finish these games.”
The second half was a defensive matchup until the last eight minutes of the game where three goals were scored in a four minute span. South tied the game up at one with a 40-yard shot from Cole Rothrock that flew over goalie Alex Puckett’s head with 7:40 left in the second half.
The Sauras took their first lead of the game with 3:59 showing on the clock on a shot that mirrored Rothrock’s attempt. Lowell Shotten kicked from about the same spot and the result were the same, a ball over Puckett’s head that fell into the right top corner of the net for the 2-1 lead.
The Wildcats wasted little time taking the ball at midfield and scored on Levi Ashby’s goal on a long assist from Doncescz on a throw-in with 3:47 left. The game ended in a tie and there was no overtime due to teams being non-conference opponents.
Puckett and Saura’s goalie Alex Booe tallied five saves each, but it was the Wildcats who outshot the Sauras 19-8.
West Stokes has a 4-2-1 record and South is currently 1-9-1.
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