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High School Soccer

Brunswick, Highland battle to 1-1 tie in suspended game

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    Highland's Christopher Sollenberger loses his footing making a play on the ball in front of Brunswick's Justin Hagler during the first half.

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    Brunswick's Cole Parete heads the ball in front of Highland's Jacob Gallaspie during the first half.

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    Brunswick goalkeeper Gavin Ernst makes a save on the ball in front of Highland's Tyler Madison and teammate Nate Bohrer during the first half.

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BRUNSWICK — Lightning has struck twice for the Brunswick boys soccer team this season.

Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, it has postponed both of their regular-season games.

On Tuesday, a weather delay halted things with Highland at 7:31 p.m. The game was called 56 minutes later with things knotted at 1.

“It’s beyond frustrating,” Brunswick coach Ben Dotson said. “For them, they just want to start their season and face somebody not wearing a blue shirt. It is what it is and hopefully we’ll bring back a good attitude tomorrow.”

The game is scheduled to resume at 7:30 tonight in Brunswick.

While no rain fell during the delay and no lightning appeared in the immediate area, officials halted things with 27:39 remaining in the first half.

In games with Padua and Highland, the Blue Devils should have played 160 minutes. They’ve played 20.

“It sucks, but we’re still going to get rescheduled and we’re still going to give them a good game,” Brunswick midfielder Cole Parete said.

Parete’s goal was the last thing that happened before the delay as he took a pass from Justin Hagler and scored from 37 yards out.

Highland got on the board first when Eli Fragnoli cleaned up a direct kick in the box just 1:49 into things.

“The beauty of all this is you can learn from it,” Hornets coach Denny Ciornei said. “We’re starting to implement a lot of new things. For me, I’ll tell you, right now I don’t look at the negative. I just move forward. To be honest, bring it. Whatever it takes. You can’t control the weather. We can control what we can control.”

As for getting his team back up in less than 24 hours, the first-year coach isn’t worried.

“Tough is how you bring it mentally,” Ciornei said. “We do this every single day. We come into it hard. We always come into it as an underdog. We’re always ready for anything.”

Note

The Brunswick junior varsity scored twice in the final 15:25 to walk out 3-1 winners. Robert Gruber, Noah Bartzcak and Noah Lavinder scored for the Blue Devils. Highland’s tally came on an own goal.

Contact Brad Bournival at bournival929@gmail.com.
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