Buccaneers salvage draw against visiting Hoyas
by Carlton D. White
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Jake Alexander celebrates with Taylor Mathews (3) after scoring the first of the Hoyas’ two goals Thursday at Allatoona. Though Harrison had the first-half edge, it couldn’t stop Allatoona’s rally, and the teams settled for a non-region tie.
<BR>Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
Jake Alexander celebrates with Taylor Mathews (3) after scoring the first of the Hoyas’ two goals Thursday at Allatoona. Though Harrison had the first-half edge, it couldn’t stop Allatoona’s rally, and the teams settled for a non-region tie.
Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
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ACWORTH — Allatoona remained unbeaten on the season after rallying for a 2-all tie against Harrison on Thursday at Cobb Energy/Buccaneer Stadium.

Hunter Baird scored the equalizer in the 68th minute, off Arty Wollschlager’s free kick. Wollschlager laid his pass from 19 yards away over four Harrison defenders and found Baird streaking across the front of the goal for the game-tying score.

Harrison (4-3-2) took a 2-1 33rd minute of the first half when Nathan Kaminski scored off Taylor Matthews’ corner kick. Baird’s shot attempt with 35 seconds remaining until intermission sailed wide, giving the Hoyas the one-goal halftime advantage.

Allatoona (6-0-1) controlled the action in the second half — putting five shots on goal to Harrison’s two — to set up its game-tying score.

Harrison goalkeeper Grayson Guertin stopped Griff Rousseau’s header at the goal line with 27:15 on the clock, and Jameson Hogg’s shot inside the box was deflected by a Harrison defender with 16:20 remaining.

After starting the season with five consecutive shutouts, Allatoona has given up two goals in each of its last two games.

“I felt like we had the better looks (Thursday) and we were more dangerous in the second half,” Allatoona coach Erik Fridborg said. “The guys competed well. I feel like the win was there for us, but it’s hard to get goals against a good team like Harrison.

“We have to clean up some things going forward. Our goal is to win the region again, and we have our work cut out for us. We bounced back in the second half after falling behind and had a good showing.”

Allatoona took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, when Darnell Oliver raced past his defenders and took a shot from 10 yards out on the right side into the low left corner of the goal.

Roughly 4 minutes later, Harry Deltac fed Jake Alexander in the middle of the field. Alexander beat his defenders and scored from 10 yards away, knotting the score at 1-all.

Harrison coach Jonathan Gross has seen his team rebound from a 0-3-1 start to going unbeaten in its last five games.

“I thought (Allatoona) outplayed us in the second half,” Gross said. “We had too many turnovers. Allatoona brought the passion (Thursday) and we were lucky they didn’t end up winning. We weren’t focused enough in the second half, and if we aren’t willing to do that, then we’ll have to take the punishment.

Guertin finished with four saves for Harrison, while Allatoona’s Marcos Castillo did not record a save.

In all, the Buccaneers outshot the Hoyas 8-5.

GIRLS SOCCER

n Harrison 6, Allatoona 0: The Lady Hoyas remained undefeated on the season, posted their third straight shutout.

Lizzy Sieracki and Carly Rich each had two goals and two assists for Harrison (8-0), which has outscored its last three opponents 14-0. Treva Aycock scored twice, while Savannah Vanderbeck added two assists.

Harrison took a 3-0 lead in the first 26 minutes of the game. Sieracki scored off a penalty kick in the fifth minute, and Aycock netted the next two scores off Vanderbeck assists in the 25th and 26th minutes.

Rich corralled Sieracki’s corner kick, which deflected off the cross bar, with 2 seconds left to give Harrison a 4-0 lead at halftime.

“We haven’t been scoring a lot of goals like that until recently, so it’s unusual to see,” Harrison coach Steve Riccard said. “We haven’t been able to finish well, so it was good to break out. We were able to take advantage of some mismatches.”

Rich’s score from 20 yards out in the 49th minute lifted Harrison to a 5-0 margin, and her pass into the box helped Sieracki net the final score of the contest in the 68th minute.

Kelsey Daugherty had no first-half saves, while Allison Leone collected five saves in the second half for the Lady Hoyas, who outshot Allatoona 14-7.

Emily Jones had four saves for Allatoona (6-2-1).

Defenders Isabel Heckman, Austin Bonham, Melissa Cameron and Katlyn Kauffman have helped Harrison post its five shutouts this season. The unit has allowed only three goals, and it held Allatoona without a shot in the first half of Thursday’s game.

“We take pride along our back line,” Riccard said. “We have a history there of playing good defense. We try to defend everywhere on the field with all of our players.”
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