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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