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Turpin Varsity Soccer’s Second-Half Comeback Falls Short Against Anderson

Posted on: September 13, 2021

Turpin’s Varsity Boys Soccer team traveled across Beechmont Avenue on Thursday, September 9, for its annual rivalry game against the Anderson Raptors.  After a first half that ended with a late Anderson goal and a 2-0 Raptors lead, the Spartans fired on all cylinders during a second-half comeback that fell just short.  A Brady Lent goal drew Turpin within one in the second half, but the Spartans ran out of time and fell 2-1.

Both teams came out aggressively, with Anderson getting the early chances.  Twelve minutes in, Anderson took advantage of a quick restart, with Anderson’s Bennett Painter knocking home a goal from close range to give Anderson the early 1-0 lead.  Anderson kept up the pressure, but it appeared Turpin would go into half down just 1-0. Then, with just seconds left on the clock, Raptor Will Nobles turned in the box and fired a rocket into the Turpin goal for a 2-0 Anderson lead.

 

Instead of being demoralized, the Spartans found new resolve. Turpin fairly dominated play in the second half, and eventually enjoyed the results.  As he has been all season, sophomore Brady Lent was in the right place at the right time, pouncing on a ball resulting from an attack on the Anderson back line and firing home his fifth goal of the season with about 20 minutes left.  Turpin continued its comeback, its best chance at leveling the score coming on a well-placed corner kick by junior Carter Flora that senior Nathan Hart rose to head just wide. But in the end, the clock ran out on Turpin’s comeback, and Anderson prevailed in a well-contested match 2-1.