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Soccer: Two Harbors ties Proctor

Two Harbors junior Grace Hietala clears the ball in the Agates' 4-4 tie Tuesday against Proctor. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)

Two Harbors fell behind 3-0 Tuesday in the first half of its game against Proctor Tuesday in Two Harbors, but rallied to score four second half goals and play the Rails to a 4-4 tie.

The Agate offense was sluggish to start the first half with Proctor consistently pressuring the Agate defense and keeping the ball on the Two Harbors side of the field. The Agate defense initially held strong, but Lori Perich broke through in the 33rd minute of play to break the tie and Proctor would add two more goals over the next seven minutes to take a three goal lead into halftime.

A different Agate offense came out in the second half, with junior Sami Szendrey scoring in the 44th minute of play and Callie Bergerson, who played goalie in the first half, cut the lead to one seven minutes later. Sami Szendrey struck again in the 55th minute to tie the game, but Proctor struck right back with a goal less than a minute later. Elisa Galyen tied the game for good off a deflection by a Rails player in the 73rd minute.

"I was impressed with our team's resiliency last night, their resolve at halftime to come back and the determination and energy in the second half," coach Tom Szendrey said. "They showed some real character, especially from our captains and our seniors. Of course, we don't want to put ourselves in that position to begin with, but that kind of comeback in soccer is not very common."

Sami Szendrey's two goals give her nine for the season and placed her among the state leaders so far this season.

Bergerson had 10 saves in the first half and Tricia Osbakken had nine in the second half.

Two Harbors (3-1-1) played Duluth East Thursday, too late for the News-Chronicle's deadline and will play Duluth Denfeld at 1 p.m. Saturday in Duluth.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb started as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle in August 2015. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and previously worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. He is the beat writer for the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Lake Superior School District board of education and high school sports in Lake County. 

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