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2018-10-10 / Sports

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MOVING UPFIELD — Delaware Academy’s Charlie Koota, and Walton’s Vinny Escobar and Tracer Howland head toward midfield during Thursday’s Midstate Athletic Conference game that ended in a 2-2 tie. 
T.W. Coddington/The Reporter MOVING UPFIELD — Delaware Academy’s Charlie Koota, and Walton’s Vinny Escobar and Tracer Howland head toward midfield during Thursday’s Midstate Athletic Conference game that ended in a 2-2 tie. T.W. Coddington/The Reporter DELHI — The Walton and Delaware Academy boys’ soccer teams showed on Thursday that they were evenly matched. In a game that was moved to the Dave Kelly Football field for the sake of field conditions, the Bulldogs and Warriors battled for 100 minutes — 80 of regular play and 20 of overtime — to a 2-2 tie.

Both teams had chances early, but the home forces struck first. With 19:25 left in the first half, David Sarkovski found the range with an assist from Paul Vickers. DA had a foray after that, but then the visitors got some chances, only to have them repelled.

Walton had the ball for much of the first 10 minutes of the second half, and it paid off. With 31:06 showing on the clock, Tommy Maguire collected a pass from Clayton Quinn and volleyed into the net to tie the score at 1-1.

After about 10 more minutes of evenly played soccer, the Warriors struck again with 20:50 left on the clock. Ethan Wood moved toward the goal and delivered the ball to Drew Gates, who found the range and rallied it past DA goalkeeper Logan Bryan, and Walton had a 2-1 lead.

The Bulldogs battled right back, taking several shots that were saved. With 13:27 remaining, they tied the score at 2-2, when Alex Haight scored with a feed from Logan Aikens.

Walton took 12 shots at goal and got five corner kicks, and DA had 13 shots and three corners. Bryan was credited with 10 saves, and Warrior ’keeper Kaiden Vernold was credited with nine stops.

“I thought both teams gave 100 percent effort,” commented Walton Head Coach Justin Preston. “Both had additional opportunities to score, especially in the second half. Kaiden Vernold made some great saves to keep us in the game, and he also stopped a penalty kick.”

DA Head Coach Eddie Kingston remarked, “I think it was a game of momentum shifts. We were up, 1-0, and controlling the game. Then, Walton seized the momentum after their ’keeper made a big save on the penalty kick. We had to dig deep to pull off a draw after that. Walton is a great team this year. They have great leadership and great team spirit. I wish them well in sectionals.”

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