CARBONDALE — James Oberg and Jacob Collie scored and Carbondale kept Cape Notre Dame scoreless in the second half for the Terriers to tie the Bulldogs, 2-2, in a non-conference boys soccer game Wednesday.
"I told the guys before the game that this might be one of the more difficult games all year," said Carbondale coach Jeff Hansen. "We just played them on Saturday and had a lot of success and won their tournament and played the same team again. You’re coming off that high and I bet the team thought you beat them once you can beat them again. But the coaching staff over there does a great job making adjustments and we had some success Saturday that we didn’t have today."
Carbondale remained undefeated with the tie improving to 8-0-1 while Notre Dame revenged its 3-0 loss to remain over .500 at 2-1-1.
The Terriers out-shot the Bulldogs 4-2 in the first half, but Notre Dame made their’s count taking the lead at 1:40 mark on a goal off a free kick by Brent Vandeven. With 19:34 remaining, Colton Neumeyer beat Terrier goalkeeper Nathaniel Pimentel into the upper left corner of the net.
The Terriers picked up the pace in the final 10 minutes of the first half, but the score remained 2-0.
"We went into a high press," Hansen said. "They’re comfortable on the ball if you give them time and we had nothing to lose at the point down 2-0. They started coughing it up a little bit at the end of the first half, so we said in the second half we're going to go all out."
Carbondale came out of the break with a renewed spirit and scored at the 5:40 mark, when Oberg was fouled near the left side of the 18-box to set up Carbondale’s first penalty kick of the season. For Oberg it was his 19th goal of the season.
"I got played the ball into the box from Oscar Murillo and they pushed me in the back," Oberg said. "I saw the goalie there and placed it to the right."
With time beginning to be a problem, Carbondale forced a corner kick. Murillo took the kick from the right corner and inside defender Collie headed it into the net to tie the game with 23:42 remaining.
"My buddy James Baltz was on the front side and the Oscar played a beautiful ball to the back post, so I had the easy job," Collie said. "There was a defender just getting ready to head the ball and I was able to cut in front of him and headed it in."
Carbondale had two good chances to take the lead in the final 22 minutes. With 21:12 left, Murillo and Oberg teamed up on a great give-and-go, but the Bulldog defender cleared the ball before Oberg could get a shot off.
With 9:32 remaining, Sajad Nasser hit Oberg with a great pass that split the defenders, but Bulldog keeper Connor Westrich made a face save leaving him with a split lip and his team with a tie.