Sophomore Brooks McGill scored both goals, and East Bladen survived a frantic flurry of shots in the final seconds to post a 2-1 victory at Midway in the Four County Conference men’s soccer opener for both teams.
The scrum in the box produced at least 4 Midway shots, and Eagle goalie Spencer Scott came up with a couple of saves during the flurry. The Raiders did manage to finally get a shot into the goal, but the officials converged for a discussion and ruled that the goal came after time had expired.
Scott kept the Eagles tied 0-0 with 7 first-half saves and after the final scrum, the East Bladen freshman was credited with 12 saves in the game.
The Raiders took a 1-0 lead 1:20 into the second half when a pass was floated into the box and a header sent the ball into the net.
Midway the second half senior Alex Felder fired a long ball to freshman Greyson Heustess who flicked a header to McGill who was fouled in the box. McGill then banged in the penalty kick to tie the game 1-1.
With six minutes left in the game, Heustess sent a header toward the backline from the 18 yard line, and McGill booted in the go-ahead goal.
Eagle Coach Jay Raynor praised the defensive work of Felder, sophomore Kevin Nunoz and freshman Ezequiel Arteaga on the backline, “They had excellent games defensively and made a number of game-saving plays.”
The Eagles, now 4-3 overall, will travel to Clinton Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game.
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