Carr nets three goals but Bulldogs tie rival Green Wave

Carr nets three goals but Bulldogs tie rival Green Wave

MAHOMET — An Apollo Conference boys' soccer match between Mahomet-Seymour and Mattoon on Tuesday ultimately became a battle between Austin Carr and the Green Wave's set pieces.

In the end, nobody came out ahead.

Despite a hat trick from the Bulldogs senior and a trio of successful corner kicks from Mattoon junior Shane Ghere, the rivals drew to a 3-3 tie at Middletown Field.

"I thought we played well enough to win, but there were also some things we did poorly enough to lose," M-S coach Jeremy Davis said. "It's what you expect in a tie. I think it's probably about right."

The Green Wave (8-1-1) got on the board with about 15 minutes to play in the first half as Shane Ghere connected with junior Jacob Ghere on Mattoon's second corner bid of the evening.

Carr pulled the Bulldogs (4-2-3) ahead within the next four minutes.

First, Carr converted a penalty kick after a Green Wave foul in the box. Twenty seconds later, he won a footrace with Green Wave senior goalkeeper Reese Bergstrom to thrill the M-S faithful.

Those fans shouted the nickname "Flash" in Carr's direction even before he won the 50-50 ball from Bergstrom.

"Yeah, they like to call me that because I'm pretty quick, apparently," said Carr, who posted 24 markers last season. "I'm glad I did go for it, because it turned out to be a goal."

No lead was safe on this night, though.

Another Shane Ghere corner allowed junior Jakob Weder to tie things at 2 early in the second frame. And even though Carr rebutted moments later thanks to a perfectly placed cross from senior Jacob Peterson, the Ghere boys struck once more on a set piece that provided the match's last tally.

"We hadn't scored on a corner all year," said Green Wave coach Ryan Ghere, whose team had six such opportunities Tuesday. "The big thing on all three of them, Jake Ghere, he just has such a nose for the ball in front of the goal."

This outcome provided a familiar sight for the Bulldogs, who received six crucial stops from senior netminder Corey Cebulski.

They've tied both of their league games and have finished regulation knotted up on five separate occasions in 2018.

"I think it's perfect for the end of the season because we've been through it already, and we've played some great teams," Davis said. "I know how we're going to respond when it's a close game. We won't get rattled."

While Carr wasn't satisfied with any moral victories, he also left the pitch feeling M-S is headed in a positive direction.

"I'm a little disappointed we didn't get the win, but our team ... we played the best soccer, I think, we have the whole season," he said. "I think we found how we're going to be playing the rest of the season."