News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Sebring's David Magana keeps the ball ahead of Green Dragon Osvaldo Orduna Friday night as the county foes battled to their second tie in as many nights.
published: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Streaks, Dragons duel to two ties
By TAYLOR TUBBS
SEBRING - The Lake Placid Dragons and the Sebring Streaks battled it out for the second straight night at Firemen's Field on Friday night for the Streak's senior night.
On Thursday night the Streaks traveled to Lake Placid for the Dragon's senior night, and both games ended in a similarly indecisive manor, with tied scores.
On Thursday the teams battled to a 2-2 tie, while on Friday neither team was able to get a score on the board, leaving the final at 0-0.
"We managed to tie in a very exciting game both nights," said Sebring head coach Keith Bowyer. "Lake Placid has a strong team this year."
In Friday's game, Lake Placid was on the offensive early on with an early shot on goal by Yoyi Gomez.
Sebring retaliated back with a beeline shot by Filemon Chavez that bounced off of the Lake Placid keeper and away from the net.
Osvaldo Orduna of Lake Placid had an offensive breakaway towards the Sebring goal that was stopped short by Junior Chavez.
The back-and-forth continued with a number of offensive attempts by Sebring's Jared Lang.
Lang had a sprint toward the Dragon's goal, but a defender blocked the ball.
Less than one minute later, Lang took a free kick on the Lake Placid goal as a result of a handball penalty.
Lake Placid's goalie, freshman Alfredo Alguira, was able to make the save when the shot headed straight for the center of the net.
With five minutes remaining in the first half, Lake Placid took an indirect kick that sailed just to the right of the Streak's goal.
Despite close calls by both teams, the scored remained 0-0 going into the halftime break.
At the 37-minute mark, Hunter Livingston of Sebring had a shot on goal that sailed just over the top bar of the goal.
Directly after, Wilfreddy Moreno of Lake Placid had a shot on goal that was grabbed up by the Streak goalie, Ethan Smith.
Filemon Chavez of Sebring took an indirect kick at the 32-minute mark that was stopped by the Dragon's wall.
Four minutes later, Lang of Sebring nearly headed the ball into Lake Placid's net.
Moreno kept on the attack and had a number of shots on goal in the second half.
With 15 minutes remaining, a chip was taken out of the Dragon's offensive when Moreno was taken out due to an injury.
The back-and-forth continued between the teams for the remainder of the game, and the match was too even to provide a victor, once again.
"I think we played a very good game tonight," said Lake Placid head coach James Ashley. "We had Sebring on their heels."
Bowyer was also happy with the result, but has bittersweet feelings about seeing his seniors go.
"They're good kids," said Bowyer. "I didn't pull them out at all, so we didn't see much subbing this game."
For now, both teams paid tribute to their seniors this week and look toward their respective district tournaments early this week.
"I don't mind being the fifth seed," said Ashley. "We've had a lot of injuries, and close games, 2-1 and 3-2 type games. The record could easily be reversed. We're a strong team."
The Dragons face Mulberry at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Wauchula with Hardee hosting the District 10-2A Tournament, with Avon Park facing DeSoto in Tuesday's 8 p.m. match.
Sebring, a second seed in the District 13-3A standings, is also in action Tuesday night, in Lake Wales, facing the winner of Monday's Winter Haven, Tenoroc match, at 6 p.m.
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