The Southwestern Warriors boys soccer team have recorded their third tie this season, all in the month of September. The Warriors hosted the Model Patriots last evening and played to a deadlock 1-1.

“We didn’t do the little things to win, but we played a much better game overall compared to our past games,” said Warriors’ head coach James Ray. “We need to get in the right direction with two district games coming up next week.”

The Warriors will play in two district games next week, both on the road with Lincoln Co. on Tuesday, Sept. 19 and Pulaski Co. on Thursday, Sept. 21.

In last night’s first half, both teams battled to an even 40 minutes of play as the Warriors took six shots and the Patriots took five.

But the Warriors did get on the board at the 6:10 mark. Jeremy Nissen threw the ball in with his patented 30-yard toss to the front of the goal as Nate Cross, Chris Campbell got touches and Alex Brainard passed it to Bobby Monge who drilled the ball past the Patriot keeper for the Warrior goal and the 1-0 lead.

The Patriots threatened earlier in the half at the 10:20 and 9:15 marks with shots at goal but Warrior keeper, Will Hammond made the stops. Hammond also made a nice save at the 2:35 as the Warriors had a defensive breakdown. Adam Erp and Campbell had breakaways in the first half, but could not convert for the Warriors as Jahan Miremami attempted two blasts that sailed over the goal.

The Warriors started the second half ready to score as Erp took two shots in the first five minutes of play, but missed and Brainard fired a bomb at the 31:50 mark and could not convert.

The Patriots stepped up their game in the last 30 minutes of play, taking eight shots and keeping the offensive pressure on. The Warriors’ backline defense of Nissen, Stephen Randall, Cody Inabnitt and Shawn Rink cleared the ball 19 times in the half. The Patriots did score the equalizer at the 11:30 mark as Kevin Jones punched it in pass Hammond for the 1-1 tie.

Campbell and Miremami had shots that went wide of the goal for the Warriors as the Patriots took shots late in the game but missed.

The Warriors took a total of 11 shots at goal as the Patriots took 12 and Warriors’ keeper Hammond recorded eight saves as the Patriot keeper recorded five. The Warriors did have two corner kick opportunities as the Patriots had nil.

“They (Model) made adjustments at half and played well in the second half and we didn’t get it done to win,” said Ray.

Coach Ray has had to make adjustments of his own in his line-up as striker Nate Cross and midfielder Michael Little have missed 3 games each with injuries. Cross did play sparingly tonight as striker Erp missed Tuesday night’s game due to injury.

The Warriors hope to heal for next week’s all-important district clashes.

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