The Hillsboro Indians soccer team played their second game of the season on Thursday night on their home field hosting the Wilmington Hurricane. The final score of the game was a tie at three goals a piece, but the Indians made a huge comeback to get that score thanks in large part to D.J. Brown.
Wilmington scored first in the game with the only goal in the first period with 17:15. They scored again in the second with a penalty kick at the 23:47 mark to make it 2-0.
The Indians had their own penalty kick just under a minute later but it was saved by the Hurricane keeper and to keep them up 2-0.
With 18:23 to go in the game, Hillsboro’s Declan Condon scored a goal to the Indians on the board 2-1. The goal was assisted by D.J. Brown.
The next goal didn’t come until the 3:39 mark when D.J. Brown found the net with a shot to tie the game at 2-2. He scored again just forty seconds later coming out of nowhere to blast a shot into the back of the goal to put Hillsboro up 3-2.
The Indians couldn’t hold on to the lead, though, as Wilmington was able to scored again with 2:01 left to tie the game at 3-3, which ended up being the final score of the contest.
“Tonight was a great game and a great battle,” said Indians coach John Weber after the 3-3 tie. “We just need to work on finishing our shots because we had several shots hit directly to the keeper on wide open possessions. Hats off to our guys for coming back from a 2-0 deficit and actually pulling back up 3-2. We have work to do. Just simple stuff. There at the end of the game instead of making a simple clear up the field instead of playing possession in the back. Simple things like that. But, for the most part, we had 110 effort and I’m super proud of us from where we’ve come from.”
The tie tonight makes the Indians 1-0-1 on the year with a home game against Clinton-Masie on Tuesday, September 1 at 5 p.m.
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.