Late goal earns Panthers 2-2 tie with Eagles
THOMAS — The Snake River boys soccer team entered Wednesday's conference tilt with Marsh Valley looking for their first conference win of the season.
After 80 minutes of back and forth action, Snake River settled for a 2-2 tie with the Eagles, running their conference record to 0-2-2.
"We played a good game and we felt that we played a much stronger game than the other team so we feel that we should have won it," Snake River head coach Trevor Peterson said. "We did really well but I wish that the score was a little higher."
The game started out auspiciously enough for the Panthers as Marsh Valley capitalized on a free kick for a goal in the first minute of play.
Down early, the Panthers shook off the shock of starting in the hole and then controlled the midfield for the next 38 minutes.
The Panthers were rewarded for their hard work with a tying goal in the 35th minute of play as Adam Ortiz solved the Marsh Valley riddle with a pretty goal past a sprawling keeper.
Unfortunately, the Eagles stunned the Panthers with a strike in the 40th minute of play, leading to a 2-1 half time advantage.
Under normal circumstances, allowing goals in the first minute and again as time is expiring will crush a teams spirits.
Not the Panthers however as they returned to the pitch with a vengeance, taking the ball to the Eagles for the entirety of the second half and if not for some stellar goal keeping by the Eagles goalie, the Panthers could have ran away and hid from the Eagles.
"A few of the kids get a little shaken up by things like those goals in the first half but the whole team just sort of lifts each other up and get themselves going again either with a word or a chant or a pat on the back," Peterson said. "I have to hand it to their keeper. He played amazing and made quite a few nice saves for them."
As well as the keeper played he couldn't stop all the shot attempts however as Cooper Peterson once again played a pivotal role in the final outcome, planting the game tying goal off of a pretty pass by Alex Torres in the 73rd minute of play.
Snake River (5-5-3, 0-2-2) will be back in action today when they battle American Falls after the girls game on their home pitch.