PRIEST RIVER — The Priest River boys soccer team battled back from a late 2-0 deficit against the Upper Columbia Academy Lions here Sept. 26 to leave with a 2-2 tie. Head coach Rob Lawler said he was proud of how the boys refused to quit.
After a scoreless first half, the Lions took a 2-0 lead in the first part of the half. However, in the 62nd minute Eli Davis scored off a double assist from Cameron Bell and Caleb Gleason. Three minutes later, Bell equalized with an assist by Davis.
“The team played well tonight refusing to give up,” said Lawler. “We are definitely peaking at the right time with only a little over a week left before the District tournament.”
The Spartans lost to Timberlake 2-0 here Sept. 28. Lawler said “We had a couple miscues defensively that the Tigers were able to capitalize on” in the first half. The team kept the Tigers out of the net during the second half. Lawler said, “We played probably our best soccer this season. I am so proud of this team...they have persevered through injuries, illness, and other hurdles throughout the season leaving us with no subs in most of our games.”
The Spartans lost to Bonners Ferry 2-0 here Sept. 30. As in the previous match, the Spartans gave their opponents an early 2-0 lead. However, said Lawler, “Spartans battled hard to create opportunities offensively and played exceptionally well defensively throughout the match.” An Eli Davis goal late in the second half was nullified due to an offside penalty. “It was so close, I thought he was behind the ball when the shot was taken. It was such a beautiful run by our players that started around the midfield line, it was painful to have it reversed by an offsides call. This will be a great opportunity to coach from,” said Lawler.
Shots — PR 14, UCA 9.
Saves — PR Barnes, 6. UCA 7.
First half — None.
Second half — 1. UCA. 2. UCA. 3. PR, Davis (Bell and Gleason), 62:00. 4. PR, Bell (Davis), 65:00.
Shots — PR 4, TL 17.
Saves — PR 14, TL 4.
First half — 1. TL 10:00. 2. TL 37:00.
Second half — None.
Shots — PR 5, BF 17.
Saves — PR Barnes, 14. BF 1.
First half — 1. BF 14:00. 2. BF 19:00.
Second half — None.