Eagles soar late to tie Eagles 2-2

Klahowya’s Darryn Reinerston trips over the soccer ball during the Eagles’ 2-2 tie. - Photo by Aaron Managhan
Klahowya’s Darryn Reinerston trips over the soccer ball during the Eagles’ 2-2 tie.
— image credit: Photo by Aaron Managhan

The Klahowya Eagles boys soccer team needed a spark on Saturday.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first half against Elma at Silverdale Stadium, the Eagles got in gear to score one before the break and the only goal in the second-half to take Elma to a 2-2 tie.

“It was a good game,” Eagles coach Troy Oelschlager said. “I think we showed a lot of character in coming back from that deficit.”

Klahowya senior Ryan Simcic was at the center of that comeback, scoring both goals for the Eagles.

In the first half, Elma got a a little help in the 11th minute as the referees made a questionable call (one of many in the contest on both sides of the ball) to set up Elma with a penalty kick that gave the Elma Eagles a 1-0 lead.

Minutes later, a blast from one of its midfielders that found the back of the net from about 30 yards out making it 2-0 Elma.

But that’s when the hometown Eagles got into gear.

Simcic’s first goal happened when he broke free through the defense and cut left uncontested in front of the goal. Elma goalie Carter Avery bit hard to left when Simcic wound up, but Simcic put a soft touch on the ball, sending it back to the right. Avery had no chance of stopping it.

Klahowya’s Darryn Reinerston nearly answered in the second half with a deep power shot of his own, but Avery was able to swallow it up.

Not to be outdone however, Reinerston put great touch on a pass that floated the ball up and over the Elma defense, finding an open Simcic, who punched the ball in from about 10 yards out.

Simcic said while the the Eagles are still very young, they’re learning fast.

“We’re still a young, new team,” Simcic said. “We don’t have a lot of players with a lot of experience. So we’ve got to play every game so hard. But if we just keep playing hard, we should be OK.”

Many of the Eagles’ young standouts also did well, with Oelshlager saying many of the kids are learning the pace of high school soccer quickly.

“They’re not as new each game,” he said. “They’re getting a little more of a feel for what’s going on.”

As for the poor officiating, Oelschlager said it’s just part of the game.

“It’s a good growing experience for them,” he said. “Things are not always going to go their way.”

The Eagles (2-2-1) next take the field again on April 11 at Silverdale Stadium against Chimacum.

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