There are good ties and there are bad ties. This one was a good tie – for both sides.
Skyline hosted Saline on Tuesday in an early SEC White showdown between two of the better teams in the area and both squads lived up to the hype.
In a very well-played and hard-fought soccer game, the two teams battled to a 2-2 deadlock.
“I thought we played well,” said Skyline Coach Chris Morgan. “There are a few things we need to work on like taking care of the ball in the middle third. We presented them some opportunities and they are a hard-working team and they earned what they got but on both of their goals we failed to hold the ball. You take the good and the bad.”
Morgan says his Eagles, who are now 2-0-3 on the season, are flying in the right direction with more good than bad at this point.
“We are definitely making strides,” he said. “I think a tie with them is a good tie and I think they feel the same way about a tie with us.
“We started off a little flat in the first 10 to 15 minutes and they had the run of play but as the game went along, we turned things around and created opportunities,” he said.
Lucas Tomilo put the Eagles on the board first. The senior took a pass inside the penalty box down right side from Jordan Tirico and just had the Saline keeper to beat, which he did with a perfectly placed shot to push the hosts to a 1-0 lead at 32:36 of the first half.
The Hornets came back and tied it at 27:32. Saline’s Jack Fenelon had a half open goal to work with and didn’t miss after getting set up by a perfect pass in front of the Skyline goal.
The game went to halftime tied at 1-1.
The Eagles took their second lead of the game at the 30:11 mark of the second half when Jack Bakker crossed a perfect ball onto the foot of Tirico, who buried the shot to make it 2-1.
But once again the Hornets tied the game. With 15:59 Ryan Nichols scored to even things up at 2-2.
The Eagles have two solid keepers and they split the duties on Tuesday. Senior Russell Noble played in the first half and junior Kyri Wixom took over in the second half. Both played very well for the home team.
Skyline hits the road on Thursday for a rivalry game at Huron at 7 p.m. They then face De La Salle, Clarkston and West Bloomfield in a tournament this weekend.
“We like to challenge the boys with this stiff competition early in the season,” Morgan said. “And it will show us what we need to work on.”