By David Wheeler
Special to the Journal
FULTON – In junior college men’s soccer action Tuesday, the Itawamba Indians basically controlled play against the first-place Hinds Eagles.
But the Indians left too many chances on the pitch, coming away with a 1-1 tie, and failing to pick up ground on the top team with less than two weeks left in the regular season.
“I’m extremely disappointed, we didn’t make anything happen,” Itawamba head coach Mike Sullivan said. “I had hoped for bigger things today.
“But we’re still in second place. All this did today was tighten things up.”
Hinds came in with a one point lead over Itawamba, and the tie kept that margin intact.
The first half progressed nicely enough for Itawamba (6-3-3, 3-1-2), controlling possession after the first minutes of play.
That paid off at the 18 minute, 52 seconds mark of the period as Ricky Hackler from Columbus crossed a shot from the right side of the goal into the left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Possession balanced out in the second half, but the Indians still had scoring opportunities, but left the door open for Hinds.
And at the 24:54 mark of the second half, Borden Wilkins drifted across the face of the Itawamba goal, depositing the ball on the near side to tie the contest at 1-1.
The Indians pressured the Hinds goal the rest of regulation, but could not put the ball in the net.
Itawamba is at Holmes Friday, one of three matches left.
The Indians also host third place Northwest on Oct. 18.
(W) Hinds 1, Itawamba 0: A stalemate was broken late in this contest by the first place Lady Eagles.
Morgan Standifer powered a shot from well outside the box into the top of the net at the 20:34 mark of the second half.
Currently in fourth place, the Lady Indians need a win at third-place Holmes Friday to stay in the post-season picture.