Bobcat boys draw against Lynx

Sean Welsh/Register: Brookings’ Schaffer Vestal (4) fires a shot past Brandon Valley’s Mayer Matthies (6) late in an Eastern South Dakota Conference match at Fishback Soccer Park. The Bobcats and Lynx tied 1-1.

BROOKINGS – The Bobcats and No. 3 Lynx played to a 1-1 draw in an Eastern South Dakota Conference boys’ soccer matchup Monday night at Fishback.

It wasn’t a win, but BHS coach Steve Binkley said it was a step in the right direction.

“We felt like we got on track and we played the kind of soccer that we know we’re capable of,” he added. “Brandon is as good as any team in the state and we know we can possess against them, get shots, corners, good looks and opportunities.

“I think the team kind of feels like we pressed the reset button. We’ve been working hard and finding our shape and we can play the rest of the season more positively and more together than we have been the last few games. We still have a month left of the season, so there’s a lot of time that these guys can play together and really figure things out.

“I think going forward we just feel like we’re dangerous, we can compete.”

Hayden Person netted a goal on an assist from Edwin Carillo less than a minute into the second half to put Brookings ahead.

The Lynx tallied the equalizer with 12:33 to play as Mason Matthies scored. Caden Nichols was credited with the assist.

Brookings outshot Brandon Valley 17-8, including 7-3 on goal.

Bobcat goalkeeper Zander Larson made two saves and the Lynx’s Ayden Spicer had six.

Brandon Valley is now 4-1-2 (3-0-1).

Brookings (1-4-1, 1-2-1) is host to Sioux Falls Washington on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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