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Tawas and Oscoda draw in a thriller

OSCODA, Mich. — One of the biggest rivalries in Northeast Michigan is in Iosco County between Oscoda and Tawas. No matter what sport it is, it’s a huge rivalry game. In boys soccer on Tuesday, the intensity kept building up as the game went on. Both the Braves and the Owls were able to find the back of the net twice, which led to a 2-2 draw. This is the third-straight game these two teams played each other and has resulted in a tie.

Not even four minutes into the game, the Owls were able to strike first. Michael Wrona fired a pass over to Aiden Backstrom. From there, Backstrom was able to split between the two defenders and get his shot to go for the early 1-0 lead.

Just over 31 minutes left in the first half, the Braves nodded the score up at one. Jake Look had a breakaway opportunity and fired a shot past Brendan Apsitis for the equalizer. Going into halftime the score was 1-1.

With over three minutes left in the game, Sherman Hayes gave the Braves their first lead of the game. The freshman won a 50/50 ball in the box, got passed two defenders to sneak in a shot passed Apsitis for the 2-1 lead.

Just over a minute later, the Owls nodded the score up at two apiece. Micheal Stepp got bumped by Kyle Reynolds in the box, which led to a penalty kick for Oscoda. Wrona took the penalty kick and was able to get his shot passed the keeper for the equalizer.

Oscoda (4-5-1) will face Caro this Saturday at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, Tawas (1-5-1) will head to Pinconning this Thursday to face the Spartans at 4:30 p.m.