Cougars and University settle for tie as both teams open soccer seasons

Jefferson and University spent each side’s first match of the boys soccer season vainly trying to get a second goal that would given the Cougars or Hawks a win to get the campaign started.

Instead, neither team could find that elusive second goal and the opener ended in a 1-1 tie.

Both Jefferson and University had to settle for being 0-0-1 after Saturday’s match in Shenandoah Junction.

Jefferson’s goalkeeper Matt Saghy mostly kept University at bay. And the same could be said for University’s keeper, Shane Thompson.

Tucker Ryan made the first scoring move of the sun-splashed afternoon when he passed Thompson, giving Jefferson a 1-0 lead.

Thompson even helped the Hawks notch their lone goal when he sailed a punt way ahead to teammate Tommy Alappat, who moved quickly to get his shot-attempt past Saghy.

The whole second half saw both teams get scattered scoring opportunities . . . but neither side could score again. Saghy and Thompson would not allow another score.

After playing at Hedgesville on Tuesday night, the Cougars are back at home on Thursday at 5 p.m. against visiting Hampshire.

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