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Devils, Patriots tie 2-2
September 6, 2012North Central Conference
LIBERTY, IND. — First Richmond found the scoring column, a place it had been just once in the previous five games. Then the Red Devils found the lead, a place they had been only twice this season.
But Union County found the final resolve, scoring the game-tying goal as the non-league rivals battled to a 2-2 tie Tuesday on the Union County High School football field.
The Patriots opened the scoring when Megan Abbott took a pass, discarded RHS goalie Mariah Steele with one deft move and rolled in a shot with the Red Devils defense in chase.
RHS countered on an unusual play late in the first half. Megan Bell sent a long pass toward the penalty box. Union County goalie Aryana Cotton rushed into a scrum with a teammate and three RHS players. All five went down and the ball rolled into the back of the net, with Sam Wilson of Richmond getting credit for the goal and Bell the assist.
Richmond pushed ahead with 27 minutes left in the game after Hannah Guth drew a foul call. Bell took the ensuing free kick from 25 yards and dropped it niftily into the upper back of the net for a 2-1 lead.
Those two goals were Richmond’s largest offensive burst since the Columbus North tournament in mid-August. They had lost their last four games on shutouts — including three against standout competition last weekend at the Hoosier Cup in Bloomington — but stood on the verge of a much-needed victory.
It was not to be and long-striding Emily Bantz is the reason. Bantz blitzed through a frozen RHS defense about halfway through the second half and pushed a well-placed shot past Steele for a 2-2 tie.
Both teams had excellent chances to score the winning goal. RHS had several attempts that went wide or were stopped by the goalkeeper. Abbott had a run at goal with 18 minutes left but defender Chloe Conley matched her speed and turned her aside.
Richmond (2-7-1) returns to NCC action Saturday at Marion. The Patriots visit Muncie Burris on Saturday.