Neville 2, Sterlington 2
Bel Coley's goal off a cross from Maddie Lawhon with under four minutes remaining enabled the Sterlington Lady Panthers to tie Neville 2-2 Tuesday night at Panther Field.
Trailing by a goal with time winding down, the Lady Panthers were awarded a corner kick. Madelyn Bozeman passed to Lawhon, who set up Coley's leveling goal.
"It was a good battle, back and forth," Sterlington coach Lori Bruscato said. "It would have been nice to win, but it was a good tie for us. This is the first time their varsity team didn't beat us. Our girls played extremely hard."
Sterlington went up 1-0 when Kayla Dahlum scored her first varsity goal off of a corner kick.
"One of my defenders, Kayla Dahlum, came up on the corner kick and booted it, and it sailed over the goalie's head and into the net," Bruscato said.
Neville (6-5-1) netted the equalizer midway through the first half and took a 2-1 lead early in the second frame.
Despite a valiant effort, defeat appeared imminent for the Lady Panthers until Coley drove the clutch goal into the net.
"I'm proud of our girls for not quitting," Bruscato said. "You get down to the last few minutes, and it looks like the game is about to wrap up, but they never quit."
Ana Hodnett made several key saves to keep the Lady Panthers in the game.
"We had opportunities to score; they had opportunities to score," Bruscato said. "Ana Hodnett had a good game for us."
Sterlington (4-0-2) returns to the pitch Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. home match vs. Calvary Baptist before closing out the week in the St. Frederick Tournament.