Tooele boys’ soccer team could use more second halves like the one it played against Maeser Prep on Monday.
The Buffaloes trailed 3-1 at intermission, but then dominated the second half with two goals while shutting out the visitors to tie the game at 3-3. The teams did not play overtime with a Region 11 game for Tooele today at home against rival Stansbury.
Maeser Prep opened the scoring at the 7-minute mark and Tooele responded quickly when Jordan Shields bolted in front of the pack and found himself one-on-one against the Maeser Prep keeper. Shields rifled in the shot to tie the match at 1-1 at the 8-minute mark.
The Buffaloes continued to threaten with a long try from Isael Lomeli, and another close shot from Shields.
Maeser Prep took the lead at the 30-minute mark on a rebound shot, and then widened the gap to 3-1 at the 35-minute mark on a shot which was muffed by the Tooele keeper.
Tooele was on attack mode in the second half and dominated play keeping the ball on the opponent’s half of the field for most of the second 40 minutes.
Finally, Caden Arnold connected on a long pinpoint kick that sailed into the net with high velocity to cut the lead to 3-2 at the 56-minute mark.
Levin Thorpe sprinted out in front of defenders and looked to have a point-blank shot against the goalie. But mis-kicked the ball and it sailed high over the net. Thirty seconds later, Tooele did tie the game when Shields scored his second goal of the contest at the 73-minute mark.
The Buffaloes continued to dominate play on the pitch for the final 7 minues, but could not score a goal to claim a come-from-behind win.
After the home match today against the Stallions, Tooele travels to Grantsville for a game on Friday.