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Christian Diego scored with 23 seconds remaining as West Bladen rallied for a 4-4 tie with West Columbus on Thursday in a non-conference soccer match.

Diego’s goal capped a comeback which saw the Knights score three consecutive goals in the final 18 minutes to tie the score after West Columbus took a 4-1 lead in the 55th minute on a goal Bryan Ramos.

Ramos scored the first goal of the game in the 19th minute, and Mario Perez followed with another Vikings goal nine minutes later for a 2-0 lead. West Bladen’s Caleb Johnson scored off a free kick before halftime pulling the Knights within a goal.

Franklin Williams and Ramos scored in the opening 15 minutes of the second half as the Vikings took a 4-1 lead.

The West Bladen rally began with a goal by Luis Labra in the 62nd minute, and Seth Britt added a tally four minutes later, setting the stage for Diego’s game-tying score in the waning seconds.

West Bladen is 2-1-2. The Knights are scheduled to play at West Columbus on Tuesday and at Whiteville on Thursday.

West Bladen 4, West Columbus 4

West Columbus  2 – 2 — 4
West Bladen    1 – 3 — 4

Goals: WC – Bryan Ramos 2, Mario Perez, Franklin Williams. WB – Caleb Johnson, Luis Labra, Seth Britt, Christian Diego.

Assists: WC – Skylar Ritch.

Records: West Columbus 1-1-1, West Bladen 2-1-2.

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