CLEARWATER — Big play from the goalkeepers kept the scoring down and forced Northeast and Clearwater to settle for a 1-1 tie Wednesday.
In the first half neither team could capitalize on scoring opportunities. Clearwater midfielder Jordan Beau beat the keeper but hit the post. Then Vikings forward Bogdon Yordanov came right back down and fired a shot on net saved by Keegan Lathan.
Clearwater had the best chance to break the tie when Alex Coury was taken down in the box in the 20th minute. On the penalty kick, Tylor Price made the save and the Vikings cleared the ball.
"The goalkeepers played well," Northeast coach Thomas Blauvelt said. "Tylor is our backup and had a good game before coming out."
Price made another big save on a shot by Jarrett Lyons while Lathan likewise proved up to the task, stonewalling Kyle Apperson on a hard shot and a rebound.
The second half played a lot like the first as both teams struggled to find a rhythm. Beau had a shot tipped wide for the Tornadoes, and Northeast's Richie Parrey barely missed as his shot hit the crossbar.
In the 70th minute Clearwater got on the board. After having his corner kick directed back to him, Jon King flicked a pass to Coury, who bent a shot into the top right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Northeast answered in the 72nd minute after Sebastian Martinez was fouled in the penalty box and Parrey beat Lathan.
"This was a good win on the road for us and we've only lost once," Blauvelt said. "We're just getting through some major injuries to four starters. What we lacked in finesse we made up for in toughness and athleticism."
But Tornadoes coach Anne Pekrul struggled to find the silver lining.
"We played better coming off our worst game of the season against East Lake," Pekrul said. "We just needed to spread the ball to the outside more and pay attention to the give and go. We need to play as strong as we did at the beginning of the season."
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