Buchholz, GHS soccer play to draw

Published: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 12:23 a.m.

The Buchholz boys soccer team went into its match against Gainesville hoping to pull away from a first place tie with Fleming Island. Gainesville, on the other hand, was out to avenge a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Bobcats in last month’s Bobcat Invitational tournament.

The Bobcats were able to prevent a district 5-4A decline but unable to gain much ground, ending the frigid night with a 1-1 tie with the ’Canes.

Gainesville senior Steven Badinga struck first in the 24th minute on a penalty kick. The shot came after a call against Buchholz midfielder Devin Nordqvist, who apparently pushed Gainesville’s Igor Goncalves to the ground. Gainesville was able to capitalize with its best striker in Badinga for the opening score.

“He made a great shot, just to the left of their goalkeeper who is a great player,” Gainesville coach Donnell Washington said. “It was also very important for us to get that first goal and concentrate on keeping possession.”

“Calls can go your way sometimes and sometimes they go against you,” Buchholz coach Kyle Konkol said. “The official call was that Devin held on to him and then he fell. He was called for a push and that is how it went.

“They got themselves in a position in the box we shouldn’t have let them score, but they made the most of the opportunity. You have to give them a lot of credit for capitalizing on the penalty kick.”

The ’Canes (3-4-3) led 1-0 at the half and also led 7-5 in shots on goal. Both teams were able to control the ball, but according to Konkol, the Bobcats (9-2-4, 4-0-2) failed to enable themselves as much control as he would have liked.

In the 62nd minute, the Bobcats countered with their own opportunity on a perfectly placed header from T.J. Atchison, just out of the reach of ’Canes senior goalie Bobby Pitts. The shot came off of a corner pass assist from Jack Salafrio.

“That was a great pass and a perfect shot, we were able to step up the intensity a bit more in the second half,” Konkol said.

Salafrio scored the winning goal in Buchholz’s 1-0 win over Gainesville in the Bobcat Invitational.

Aside from Gainesville picking up its second yellow card of the match, the final minutes ended in a desperation struggle for possession and shots on goal, a feat in which neither team could dominate for the 1-1 tie.

“We were a bit sluggish and we didn’t press the ball as much as we normally do, that has to change,” Konkol said. “We have some district games coming up with Columbia and Wolfson so things are going to have to change.”

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