Blackman’s and Stewarts Creek’s soccer teams battled to a 1-1 draw on a rainy night at Blackman Thursday.
Stewarts Creek controlled most of the possessions early on as Blaze goalkeeper Mac Deloy was busy gobbling up the ball.
Blackman looked disorganized early but slowly came around as the Blaze began playing in its end toward the end of the first half. However, the teams went to intermission scoreless.
In the second half, the officials seemed to call the match tight as a lot of whistles were blown and flags were raised to call fouls on each team.
Mak Binder of Stewarts Creek put a ball on net early in the second half, but it just missed.
A few minutes later, Blackman was racing in the center of the field, and the Red Hawk keeper attempted to make a save, but the defense was there to save the day and clear the possible scoring attempt.
“The tight calls in the second half took momentum away from our game,” Stewarts Creek coach Brooke Mayo said. “We need to finish our opportunities.”
Blackman’s Aidan Arcega rocketed a shot from around 35 yards out 17 minutes into the second half to make it 1-0 Blaze.
The two teams battled the rest of the way, with each one having chances but neither putting anything away. In the 29th minute, the Red Hawks attempted a bicycle kick that Deloy made a pretty save as he knocked the ball away and it went to the left side of the goal and out of danger.
“That was a beautiful shot and a beautiful save. If that ball would have went in I would have clapped too,” Blackman coach Bill Vice said. “It is always a battle with Stewarts Creek and it always rains. A few years ago we played them at their place and it sleeted and snowed.”
About 20 seconds later, the Red Hawks put one into the goal as Bill Mabudi sent a pass to Haile Sharp, who put it in to tie the score.