Countryside's Marcus Brooks answers only a few minutes after Morgan Riley puts Seminole ahead.
By CHARLES CARDWELL
Published December 5, 2003
SEMINOLE - After falling 2-1 to Countryside in a tournament last week, Seminole's boys looked for revenge and to regain the momentum it had leading to last season's state championship.
Well, it didn't lose.
Seminole appeared to be heading for a 1-0 victory after a goal by Morgan Riley in the 73rd minute, but a shot by Marcus Brooks with less than three minutes left slipped past Matt Clemer to give Countryside a 1-1 tie.
Countryside dominated possession for most of the scoreless first half, and Seminole's homefield advantage did little for it as its players lost their footing numerous times.
Seminole controlled the ball for most of the second half. But Clemer and Countryside's Jeff Attinella made stellar saves to keep it scoreless.
With 29 minutes left, Brooks had an open lane to the goal, but his shot was blocked by Clemer. The ball bounced away from Clemer and right to Countryside's Griffin Gilstrap, whose shot to the right corner was stopped by a diving Clemer.
Riley almost scored when he placed himself on the left goal post during a corner kick. He left his feet but couldn't get the ball past Attinella.
Clemer finished with eight saves and Attinella nine.
"It's like kissing your sister," Seminole coach Rick Masi said. "We are using these games to see where we will be down the road."
"We've been hit by the injury bug early, but I'd rather have it now than later. Seminole isn't where we need to be at."
Earlier, Countryside's girls beat Seminole 1-0. Both teams were missing players due to a club tournament in Raleigh, N.C.
Jean Reder scored the only goal.
"It was an evenly matched game," Countryside coach Tony Atherholt said about the missing players.
"We are going nonstop, trying to get better, and playing teams to help us do that."