By Rob Kiser
The Piqua boys soccer team will host Milton-Union this afternoon at Wertz Stadium.
Despite playing shorthanded the 5-5-0 Indians seemed to have a victory within reach Thursday at Wertz Stadium, before Springfield, 2-8-0, had a stunning comeback to win 4-2.
Piqua, playing without several players, including keeper Wesley Ford, had a 2-1 lead, only to give up three goals in less than six minutes to seal its fate.
Cade Lyman had scored his second goal with 16:12 remaining in the game to give Piqua a 2-1 lead.
The Springfield keeper appeared to be ready to grab the ball on a cross from Brad Hohlbein, when Lyman streaked out of nowhere and put the ball in the back of the net.
Piqua took that lead into the final 10 minutes before everything went wrong.
With 9:57 remaining, Juan Anguiano was able to finish Will Fralick’s corner kick to tie the game 2-2.
Just 1:15 later, Fralick took a free kick from 25 yards out and Kyle Carey finished it for what would be the game-winning goal.
Piqua nearly tied the game with a shot off the post at the 7:11 mark.
Then, with 3:46 to go Springfield added an insurance goal.
Again, it was Fralick with the corner kick and this time Christian Carey finishing it to make the final 4-2.
Lyman had started the game’s scoring with 37:29 remaining in the first half, when he flashed out of nowhere, took a cross from Hohlbein and drilled a perfectly place shot towards the left post. It rattled off the post and into the net to give Piqua a 1-0 lead.
Springfield answered that with 29:57 to go when Casey Luther scored on a shot that it appeared would be stopped.
Early in the second half, Caleb Vallieu had a non-goalie save to keep the game tied.
That allowed Lyman to give Piqua the lead, only to see it disappear in the final 10 minutes.
Kameron Ashton had four saves in goal for the Indians.
The Piqua JVs rallied for a 2-1 win over Springfield.
In the 17th minute, Joey Symons found a deflected ball and placed it perfectly into the side netting from 20 yards out to tie the game. Then, in the 27th minute,Quentin Evans took a corner kick and placed it perfectly on the six-yard box where it found Mason Darner’s head for the go-ahead goal. From there on out Piqua was able to keep the lead with some strong defense and good goal keeping from Eddie Symons.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.