Boys Soccer Beats Loveland!

Posted on: September 8, 2021

Late Lent Goal Earns Turpin Varsity Soccer A Draw At Loveland

Turpin’s Varsity Boys Soccer team traveled to Loveland on Thursday, September 2, for a game the Cincinnati Enquirer billed as a “Game to Watch” in Cincinnati soccer this season.  The competitive affair did not disappoint, as Turpin needed a late goal from sophomore Brady Lent to get a hard-earned draw against the Loveland Tigers.

Loveland came out aggressively, and dominated possession early in the game.  Loveland’s attack challenged the Turpin defense, but thanks to great work by senior keeper Max Kovall (who had 13 saves on the night!), the teams remained level at the outset.  But later in the half, Loveland forced Kovall to make two terrific point-blank saves in succession.  Unfortunately, the ball careened into the goal off of Spartan defenders rushing in to help. The own goal gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead that they took into halftime.

The second half was a completely different story. The Spartans dominated the second half, both in possession and in chances created. It appeared that the Spartans’ depth started to wear on Loveland, as the Spartan bench performed well and gave the starters rest, while Loveland’s starters played much longer minutes. Even so, Loveland held on through most of the second half until the four minute mark.  With time winding down, sophomore Hayden Jump pressured the Loveland defense and created a loose ball that sophomore Brady Lent pounced on and lofted over the head of the Loveland keeper for the game-tying goal.  It was Lent’s fourth goal of the season, and could not have come at a better time.  Both teams had chances near the end, but in the end, the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Turpin moved to 1-1-2 on the season.  The Spartans’ next game is Thursday, September 9 on the road at arch-rival Anderson at 7 p.m.