Lincolnview junior Blaike Kerner (2) works the ball against an Allen East defender during a Northwest Conference boys soccer match on Thursday evening. The Lancers and Mustangs tied at 1-1. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)
Lincolnview junior Blaike Kerner (2) works the ball against an Allen East defender during a Northwest Conference boys soccer match on Thursday evening. The Lancers and Mustangs tied at 1-1. (DHI Media/Tina Eley)

MIDDLE POINT – It took nearly the entire 80 minutes of play for the Lincolnview Lancers to get a goal on the scoreboard Thursday evening as they hosted the Allen East Mustangs. It took 79 minutes and 59 seconds, to be specific.

Junior Jared Pollack lined up a corner kick with the final seconds being counted down, he delivered a strike to freshman Dylan Schimmoeller, who assisted on the game-tying goal from freshman Clayton Leeth. The Lancers went home happily, escaping the seemingly certain jaws of defeat, with a 1-1 tie against the Mustangs.

“It was just craziness,” Lincolnview head coach Anson Moody said after the game. “It was unbelievable. I have no idea what happened. Five seconds left, and Schimmoeller got a touch, and Leeth put it in the back of the net. It was a fight clear down to the last seconds. It wasn’t the win that we were looking for, but it’s a win for us with just the fight and determination to come back. The fight and effort from our entire team was phenomenal.”

On a slippery field, the game was a dog fight as players were slipping and battling for position throughout. To begin the game, the pace was frantic as both teams fought for possession and opportunities. Only four minutes into the game, the Lancers almost came away with a goal when junior Kyle Wallis just about brought his head to the ball off a corner kick. While they were turned away, another chance presented itself minutes later when freshman Landon Moody placed a beautiful cross into the box that Pollack headed just over the goal.

Meanwhile, the Mustangs had opportunities of their own. They had two corner kicks that freshman goalie Creed Jessee and the Lancer defense negated. It seemed as the first half wore on, the possession began leaning towards the Mustangs. However, they settled for long distance shots that Jessee saved easily.

The first real threat of scoring came at the 18-minute mark in the first half when Leeth put a shot on goal that ended up being saved by the Mustangs’ diving goal keeper. Off of the save, the Lancers were given a corner kick which, again, almost connected with the head of Schimmoeller, but Wallis was there for the clean-up shot. However, his shot was deflected off the body of a Mustang defender. Another corner kick ensued, which the Mustangs were finally able to clear.

The pace of the game died down as the first half came to its conclusion, but with just over four minutes remaining, the Mustangs’ sophomore, Jack Williams, connected with the net as he put a half-hearted shot on goal that just got past the outstretched arms of Jessee to put the Mustangs up 1-0 going into halftime.

Most of the second half went to the Lancers as they continued to pressure the Allen East defense, but it wasn’t until, with one second remaining, their lone goal came off the foot of Leeth to tie the score.

The Lancers will hope to carry the momentum from this game into a home date against Temple Christian at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.