The Warriors were leading 1-0 at halftime, and when they retook the field Whittell goalkeeper Aubrey Felton was trying to hang on.
The Highlanders came out strong, and Felton fended off four shots on goal in the first five minutes of the second half. The Warriors were hanging in despite missing their leading scorer.
Incline, however, was finally rewarded in the 55th minutes of the game when a Highlander striker shook Whittell’s defense and tied the game. The Highlanders went on to win the game 2-1, and that first second-half goal was the game changer.
Whittell had started strong and seemed to accelerate in the final 20 minutes of the first half.
“We were playing our game, and we were playing calm and confident and controlled,” head coach Timothy Plummer.
Dillon Stetler scored the first goal for Whittell off an assist from Bryce Bronken. Bronken took a shot on goal and Stetler followed it up. The goal gave the Warriors a brief 1-0 lead.
Incline stole the momentum back, however, with its tying going 15 minutes into the second half. Ten minutes later, the Highlanders made good on a penalty kick for the go-ahead goal.
“But I’m proud of the guys. They played hard and we were missing a key player,” Plummer said. “We could of and should have won this key, even without one of our best players.”
UP NEXT: The boys will host Quincy at 3 p.m. on Thursday.