Reagan has continued a brief dip in San Antonio varsity high school boys’ soccer as they were forced to settle for a draw on Tuesday. In the main game of the day, out at Comalander Stadium Johnson pushed hard and managed to secure a 2-2 draw.
Johnson twice came from behind to claim the match with a fairly early goal in each half putting the Rattlers in front twice. But the Jags fought back and managed a draw perhaps largely thanks to a red card to Reagan’s senior midfielder Justin Sukow, who turned from hero to villain receiving his second yellow card with just five minutes to play, allowing Johnson to score an equalizer shortly afterwards, which would hold through even extra-time, forcing the Rattlers to settle for their second straight draw.
As is often the case when matches are played at Comalander Stadium the teams struggled to get going due to the turf. But quickly Reagan got control of the match and started hunting for the goal, which came in the 16th minute as senior midfielder Alan Salgado was able to get on the end of Sukow’s cross for the opening goal.
Following going behind Johnson was able to take control back in the match and after huffing and puffing for much of the half. With ten minutes to play in the half senior midfielder Seth Holzmann was able to send the ball in for fellow senior midfielder Ethan Caban to bury the chance and make it 1-1 at half-time.
Again Reagan came out from the dressing rooms and found a goal in the first 15 minutes of the half, with Sukow turning to goal scorer. Junior forward Shane Malone was able to cut the ball back to the midfielder who was able to simply bury the chance. The goal was no less than the Rattlers deserved for being strong throughout the match, and they looked to settle in and hold on to their lead.
But with five minutes to play everything fell apart for the Rattlers as Sukow was shown his second yellow card, forcing Reagan to finish with ten men. Just one minute later Johnson had the equalizer as senior midfielder Jacob Hallenberger sent the ball in for sophomore midfielder Braden Bradford to bury the chance. That goal gave Johnson all the initiative but with little time to play they couldn’t avoid extra-time. The two periods of extra-time went as expected with Johnson attacking a strong Rattlers defense and in the end Reagan did just enough to hold out for a draw that they will be pleased with.