Prep Soccer: Warriors, Vikings play to 1-1 tie
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South Iredell and West Iredell battled to a 1-1 draw Thursday night in a North Piedmont Conference soccer match.
The teams entered -- and ended -- the night tied for third place in the NPC.
The host Vikings had a great opportunity early in the match as a free kick served into the box was deflected and fell to the feet of a wide-open Wallo Renteria, would could not put his on frame. Renteria had another great opportunity in the game's 12th minute when he narrowly missed a header off a free kick.
The Warriors responded quickly and attempted to put some pressure on the Vikings' net when Bryan Rivera spun and fired from 25 yards out, but his shot sailed high and right.
In the game's 18th minute, a Warriors' cross fell to the ground inside the 18 yard box, but Vikings keeper Sam Marler beat Warrior Nick Lamberth to the ball before he could get a shot away.
Each team struggled to create clear scoring opportunities the remainder of the first half and they remained tied 0-0 at intermission.
The Vikings came alive in the second half, creating a free kick and a corner kick within the first two minutes.
Then, in the 14th minute of the second half, the play of the game would come from West Iredell's Junior Quintanilla. The Vikings' long throw-in sailed into the box. Warriors keeper Tanner Abraham came out to clear the throw, but he was knocked off his attempt and the throw-in fell to the head of South Iredell's Daniel Bonomo. Bonomo fire his header at the empty net for what looked like a sure goal, but Quintanilla quickly recovered to save the goal and keep the game scoreless.
Despite a considerable advantage in possession and scoring attempts in the second half, and an overall advantage in shots (23-12) and corner kicks (4-2), the Vikings found themselves 1-0 just three minutes into the overtime session.
Benjamin Guzman served a ball, and Jason Colindres flicked a header into the path of Rivera, who was charging toward the Vikings goal, to give the Warriors the advantage.
The Vikings continued their strong possession and pressured the Warriors back line until their breakthrough would come in the 88th minute. After a series of missed crosses and set pieces, a well-timed run by Renteria and a great ball by Ryan Marro caught West Iredell's backline off guard. As Renteria entered the box, he was taken down and the referee awarded a penalty kick. Marro calmly stepped to the spot and fired perfectly low and right for the game-tying goal.
The excitement continued as a Jordan Rhyne throw-in one minute later fell to the feet of Guzman in the Vikings box, but he could not get a solid foot on the ball and the first overtime ended with score tied at 1-1.
The Vikings had a good shot at the game-winner in the first minute of the second OT as Connor Matas rose above the Warriors defense on a Vikings corner, heading the ball past Abraham but just off the crossbar and out for a goal kick. Both teams battled until the end, but could not be separated in the final scoreline.
Vikings goalkeepers Sam Marler and Ben Bograd combined for five saves. Warriors goalkeeper Tanner Abraham recorded 14 saves.
The Warriors are now 5-5-4 overall and 2-1-3 in the NPC. The Vikings are 7-3-3 overall and 3-2-1 in conference play.