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Hornets’ quick rally leads to win

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Rossville sophomore Bailey Spear takes a shot during a home game against Taylor Wednesday.

Hornets’ quick rally leads to win BY ANTHONY VENCE

The Rossville boys’ soccer team overcame a one goal deficit to visiting Taylor by scoring two goals in a four-minute span on their way to a 4-2 victory Wednesday.

The game was tied 1-1 until Taylor scored with 32 minutes remaining in the second half to take a 2-1 lead. Less than a minute later Rossville sophomore Bailey Spear ripped a shot off the crossbar and junior Griffey Saylor netted the goal to tie the game.

With 28 minutes remaining in the second half, Saylor netted the game-winning goal as he hustled with the ball and scored on a breakaway. The goal was assisted by senior Zane Gottschalk, who scored the Hornets’ first and final goals of the game.

Rossville head coach Joel Wilson credited the play of his players up front for capitalizing off opportunities to quickly gain the lead after being down.

“That’s the type of players we have up front that are capable of doing that,” he said. “When they want it, and they go after it, then things open up very easily.”

“They’ve been very confident in finishing games, so if we get the chances I’m usually pretty confident that we’re going to finish them off and they took advantage of that,” he added.

 The Hornets opened the game’s scoring with a Gottschalk goal assisted by Saylor with 30 minutes remaining in the first half. The Titans scored with 18 minutes remaining in the first half and the score remained 1-1 going into halftime.

In the second half Rossville sophomore goaltender David Taylor made some key stops to keep the games tied, including a diving save with 36 minutes remaining.

The Titans scored off a header with 32 minutes remaining to take the 2-1 lead, but the Hornets responded with three unanswered goals to seal the victory.

With the win, the Hornets are now 7-3 on the season.