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Failed revenge in BHS-Hawks tie

It was truly punch-counter punch Tuesday night, as Hardin Valley Academy Boys Soccer sought a measure of revenge against Bearden March 22 at HVA.

The Hawks, not forgetting how BHS finished third in state after knocking out Hardin Valley in a Region 2-AAA semifinal overtime thriller last spring, had to settle for a 1-1 tie in both teams' season openers.

Revenge was “absolutely a big deal,” HVA junior forward/midfielder Dalton Guzman said. “They've beaten us twice on our home field, and we didn't want that to happen again. We're just upset we couldn't get the win.”

The home team scored first, but the visitors counter-punched quickly.

Chris Gallaher's sharp angle open shot from about 10 yards out, going through despite being slightly mis-hit, put the Hawks ahead 1-0 with 14:56 left in the first half. “It kinda came off the side of my foot, but it beat the defender,” Gallaher said.

Bearden counter-punched less than two minutes later, scoring on Conner McCarty's goal on the left side roughly 10 yards out.

“Conner McCarty had a great game,” BHS head coach Eric Turner said. “Our defense did an outstanding job: Seth Williams, Adam Wojnar, James Ferguson.”

A slew of second-half scoring chances, both blue- and maroon-clad, didn't bear fruit.

McCarty sailed a shot barely high at the the 21:30 mark, after an open look at the top of the box, beginning a roughly three minute stretch of Bearden offensive heat in the Hawks' zone.

Quickly changing that momentum was an apparent HVA goal at the 18:30 mark, a Guzman fastbreak pass left to Nick Skoda for a left angle goal from about 15 yards out. But it was ruled offsides.

McCarty said HVA “is a really good team,” adding, “I'm sure we'll see them in the regionals.”


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