The Decatur Eagles picked up a second straight tie to start District 9-4A play Tuesday.
The Eagles came within a minute of a win against Gainesville. The Leopards scored with 1:04 left to make the 1-1 draw.
Decatur coach Nick Stokes was encouraged by the effort that puts the Eagles in third place in the league with two points.
“Tonight we played our best soccer of the year,” Stokes said. “Our presence in the midfield was improved over last week, and our defense was much tighter.
“We’ve got plenty of things to work on, but the work ethic is there, and we are moving in the right direction.”
Daniel Gamino’s third goal of the season gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. Edgar Mares earned the assist.
The Eagles had seven other shots on goal. Devon Willis took four, and Harry Boatman three.
The Decatur defense made the lead hold up for 79 minutes.
“Our defense played lights out all night,” Stokes said. “Taylor Spence, Russell Cross and Reece Fitzgerald together on the back line of our defense played terrific soccer tonight.”
Gainesville’s late goal came on a 35-yard shot that went just under the cross bar.
Decatur keeper Wade Laughlin stopped 16 of the 17 Gainesville shots.
SAGINAW 5, NORTHWEST 1
Parker Bishop scored the Texans’ lone goal in a 5-1 setback against Saginaw Tuesday.
The loss dropped Northwest to 0-7 in District 7-5A.