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West and South tie 1-1 in overtime

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick and South Brunswick High School soccer teams played to a 1-1 overtime tie in an intense conference game Monday night.

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The victory gave the first-place Cougars an 8-1-1 record with two games left. West, the defending conference champion, is 8-2-1 with one game left.

West scored first with about 5 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first half. Junior Cody Postich scored off a pass from Luis Espinosa. Postich has scored nine goals this season and Espinosa has seven assists.

But the Cougars scored about three and one-half minutes later, and that set up an intensely played second half and overtime.

Each goalkeeper made a save in the first 10-minute overtime. In the second 10-minute overtime, each goalkeeper made a spectacular save.

West junior goalkeeper Connor Johnston dived to his right to stop a shot from the right side by junior Ryan Dail. South junior goalkeeper Mason Berne leaped to punch aside a corner kick.

West’s best chance to score in overtime came with about 6:47 left when a shot by freshman John McNeil rolled toward the right post, hit the post and bounced outside of the net.

“All in all, I’m proud of the boys,” West coach Tripp Smith said. “To face the adversity we have faced and to continue to play with the heart they have played with after the two losses we have taken, they could have given up. But they’re not. And it’s a testament to the boys. They have worked hard all year and they weren’t going to lose to (South)—and we didn’t.”

For the season in the county, West was 1-1 against North and 1-0-1 against South. South swept North.

The Cougars, under new coach Patrick Lawson, can clinch a conference championship by beating Whiteville Oct. 24.