Prep soccer: Marquette ties on the road at Kingsford

KINGSFORD – Two matches. Two draws. To be continued.

Kingsford and Marquette boys soccer teams played to another deadlock after 80 minutes Tuesday at Commemorative Field. Like a 2-2 decision in September, both teams accepted a 1-1 tie and did not play overtime.

“Whenever we play Marquette, we usually go to a tie,” Kingsford Coach Alex Milinski said. “It’s only appropriate to do it here as well.

“Two games with Marquette. Two ties. That’s not bad at all.”

After a scoreless first half, Kingsford netted the first goal with 28:29 showing and Marquette evened it up almost 10 minutes later.

“I think both of us are happy to walk away with a tie,” Marquette Coach Matt Tebo said. “Kingsford is a very good team.”

Kingsford had its moments, but Marquette had the most opportunities in the scoreless first half.

“We were a little soft coming out in the first half,” Tebo said. “It was very much up in the air.”

Marquette, coming off a competitive win over Marquette, rested for three days and practiced Monday. Tebo regretted the long break, to some extent.

“I think you can get a little complacent with all the soccer we’ve had,” Tebo said. “This season has been non-stop.

“No disrespect to Kingsford, but I think we went backwards a little bit.”

In the second half, Kingsford’s Collin Hirthe missed an empty netter after goalie Tony Lackey charged out for the save. Five minutes later, Flivvers’ Zac Stankevich lofted a pass to Austin Crosson who booted home the goal.

Marquette’s Lehomm Pickard, with assist from Andrew Banitt, knocked in the tying goal at 19:40. The Redmen limited Kingsford to just a couple offensive attacks in the second half.

“I thought we dominated the second half,” Tebo said. “That goal was a tough one to give up. We know they’re dangerous from set pieces.

“We played a lot better in the second half. I think they responded well after a good halftime talk.”