WESLEY CHAPEL — Springstead defender Gerry Decristofaro walked to the bench Monday night after the Eagles’ match with Wiregrass Ranch, and the first thing he did was kick the water bottles in frustration.
And it was probably because his Eagles carried a 1-0 lead for almost the entire game, and with five minutes remaining the Bulls tied it up off a Springstead defensive miscue.
Wiregrass junior forward Kyle Wilson knocked in the equalizer in the 75th minute, as the Bulls and Eagles finished with a 1-1 draw.
“Anytime you play Springstead to a tie it’s good,” Wiregrass coach Dave Wilson said. “(Springstead) is one of the better coached teams in the area. It’s a good tie to come out of here with.
“I thought we played solid in the first half. We changed up our formation in the second half to take a more directive approach on getting that equalizer.”
Springstead (6-0-3) took the early lead in the fifth minute off a perfectly placed pass from midfielder Luke Middauh to forward Richard Toth, who knocked it past Bulls goalkeeper Ian Sourk.
The rest of the way both teams had plenty of chances to take control. Wiregrass ended up with a 12-10 edge in shots on goal, but Springstead goalkeeper Joey Lasala kept the Bulls in check with his six saves.
But in the 75th minute Wilson got by Decristofaro and scored upon a stunned Springstead defense, which for the better part of the game kept the Bulls on their heels.
“What are you going to do,” Springstead coach Sal Calabrese said. “I couldn’t see what happened, but Wiregrass slipped through and scored. What can you do. I mean, coming out of here with a tie isn’t bad. They are a good side and we needed a good match tonight.”