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September 10, 2012

Southwestern, Oneida Baptist tie at 2-2

Somerset — On paper at least, the Southwestern Warrior soccer team had to feel good about the prospects of picking up a win last Saturday morning, hosting an Oneida Baptist Institute squad that had registered only one win on the season, and was riding a three-game losing slide coming into the contest.

However, somebody forgot to tell the 1-3 Mountaineers they were supposed to go quietly at Southwestern.

OBI’s Joe Siriarpong gave his club a quick, 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the contest, while teammate Michael Negussie tied things up late at 2-2, thanks to his goal with 14:45 remaining in the match.

On a day when Southwestern figured to come away with a win, Sean McBride’s club had to settle for a 2-2 with OBI, on a wet and rainy Saturday morning at The Plains.

So coach McBride, is it possible your team may have looked past the visiting Mountaineers?

“I think they did and I did the exact same thing,” stated a very candid McBride.

“On the field, we’re probably technically more skilled than them, but their speed and their heart just matched us,” continued the Southwestern coach. “We had three balls hit the cross bar in the second half and it was a very physical game, but I am proud of the effort our guys played with in the second half.”

After trailing Oneida Baptist by that 1-0 margin almost from the outset, Southwestern righted the ship a few minutes later when the Warriors’ John Durham put the ball past the Mountaineers keeper knotting things up at 1-1 with 29:48 remaining on the clock in the opening half of play.

Early in the second half, a Chris Orantes goal off a rebound with 37:15 remaining in the contest gave Southwestern a 2-1 lead — an advantage the Warriors maintained until Negussie’s goal knotted things up at 2-2 with just over 14 minutes left on the clock.

Southwestern had some golden scoring opportunities in the second half by turning up the intensity, but the Warriors had three shots clang off the cross bar, enabling OBI to escape The Plains with a hard-fought, 2-2 tie against McBride’s club.

“We played harder in the second half, but I was really shocked when we came out and I saw this OBI team for the first time,” pointed out McBride.

“They came out and played very hard, and I told my guys before the game that they would come out and play hard against us,” continued the SWHS coach. “They played their butts off against us, but we matched them in the second half. Early on though in the first half, we played a lot of ‘boom ball’, and their defense just continued to take it out of the air.”

Southwestern, 4-3-2 on the season after the tie with OBI, will return to action on Thursday night at home with a game against Campbellsville at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday night, the Warriors will host South Laurel at The Plains beginning at 6 p.m.

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