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Pioneers play to a draw with Everest Collegiate PHOTO GALLERY

It was a battle Tuesday evening when Richard traveled to Everest Collegiate and despite some late-game pressure, Richard had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

The Pioneers controlled well at times and held the lead at two different times, but had to settle for the tie with Everest.

Richard took an early lead, just over five minutes into the contest when Nick Hammond crossed to Nick Gee who headed the ball over the Everest goal keeper.

Ten minutes later, Everest tied it up, but Richard battled back for a halftime lead.

With 5:42 to play Nate Parks played the ball into Billy Shaheen who got around the goalie and put the ball to the back of the net.

The only scoring of the second half came seven minutes in when Everest was awarded a penalty kick and put the ball away.

Possessions went back and forth and the Pioneers kicked up the pressure, but were unable to capitalize.

Gee came close with 13:04 to play and again when he took a free kick with 2:17 to go, but the kick hit the cross bar.

In a last-second scramble with 10.8 to go, Everest went for the game-winner but the ball bounced off the lower right post and the tied score held up.

Richard Coach Justin Hunter said his team had the opportunities, but made too many mistakes for the win.

“We had many opportunities,” he said. “We gifted them more than what we worked for and some very easy mistakes led to goal.

“This game could have been a mercy by about 20 minutes into the second half and it also could have been 0-0 and we chose to make it interesting.”

It was only the second game of the season, but Hunter said his team came out with jitters uncharacteristic of the team.

“We’ve let easily prevented goals get to us and we’ve let teams control the tempo of the game instead of allowing us to play the way we want,” he said. “They were a high intensity team and unfortunately my guys got a little jittery and we don’t normally play like that

“We went up to their speed of play and that caught us off guard.”

A shining spot for Hunter’s team was Parks, who was playing the game in a new position.

“(It was) the first time he’s been a center attacking mid and he flourished,” Hunter said. “He was everywhere creating for us; I need that kid every game.”

The Pioneers are back in action Thursday at 7:00 p.m. when they travel to Bishop Foley.

Last Updated: 9/3/2014 4:36:37 PM EST

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