Multiples of two seemed to be the theme of Thursday evening’s soccer match between Walker Valley (3-6, 1-3) and Sequoyah.
The Mustangs had a lead over the Chiefs twice, only to see the visitors tie things up twice in the second half.
At the end of 80 minutes though, Walker Valley was able to top Sequoyah 4-2 in a game that left head coach Tom Bayliss less than pleased.
“I’m hard pressed to find the positives. We got the goals, but there could’ve been many more. It was sloppy soccer and we didn’t play in our system,” Bayliss said. “That wasn’t the game we had hoped for.”
Nine minutes into the game, Walker Valley’s Caleb Gruber was able to dribble one in and get a shot past the Chiefs’ keeper.
Gruber’s goal turned out to be the lone one of the first half, which turned out to be a half that was dominated by Sequoyah.
The Mustangs might have gone into the half with a 1-0 lead, but the Chiefs were able to open up the second half with a quick goal to tie things up.
Nearly six minutes later, Blayne Carroll, who was assisted by Morgan Goodman, knocked one past the Sequoyah keeper to give Walker Valley a 2-1 lead.
The Chiefs shortly answered back, getting one up and over the Mustang keeper’s head.
“Give credit to Sequoyah because they always come out with a lot of intensity and energy. They put us under pressure and we didn’t handle it very well,” Bayliss stated.
Walker Valley was able to eventually battle back against the pressure applied by Sequoyah.
“We go a little desperate and knew that we had to win — losing wasn’t an option,” Bayliss explained.
With 20 minutes left on the clock, Goodman was able to tally a goal of his own, once again swaying the lead in favor of the home team.
In the final 10 minutes of play, the Chiefs got a bit too aggressive in the box, which gave Jolen West a penalty kick opportunity.
West made the most of the PK, scoring the fourth and final goal of the game for the Mustangs.
By the end of 80 minutes, Walker Valley had tallied a total of 10 shots on goal, while Sequoyah finished with four shots on goal.
The Mustangs will face two tough District 5-AAA competitors next week, playing at McMinn County on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and then finishing up district play by hosting Cleveland on Friday at 6 p.m.
Regular season play comes to a close on April 29, when Walker Valley hosts the Chattanooga Patriots.
RAIDERS 2, PIONEERS 1
EAST RIDGE — Cleveland found itself in a close game at East Ridge Thursday night.
With both teams posting a total of eight shots on goal, it was the Raiders (9-3-3, 3-1) who ultimately came away with the 2-1 win.
Cleveland’s first goal came from the surging offensive duo of Anfernee Avila and Brandon Romero in the 19th minute.
Romero sent a free kick in, and Avila was able to finish it off and get it past the Pioneers’ keeper.
An unassisted Moss Jones scored the second goal in the 32nd minute, which gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead at the half.
East Ridge was able to cut its deficit to just one 11 minutes into the second half, thanks to a penalty kick.
That was the only goal given up by Cleveland keeper Zach Martin, who posted a save percentage in the high 80s Thursday night.
The Raiders will go head-to-head with Ooltewah (8-1-3, 3-0) on 7 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Greater Cleveland Soccer Complex.
MUSTANGS 4, CHIEFS 2
Halftime score: 1-0 WV. Goals: Caleb Gruber, Blayne Carroll Morgan Goodman, Jolen West (WV). Assists: Goodman (WV). Record: Walker Valley 3-6, 1-3 District 5-AAA.
RAIDERS 2, PIONEERS 1
Halftime score: 2-0 C. Goals: Anfernee Avila, Moss Jones (C). Assists: Romero (C). Record: Cleveland 9-3-3, 3-1 District 5-AAA.