Soccer Ties Celina 3-3


(BLUFFTON) - Last season, Bluffton traveled to Celina and built a 4-0 lead only to see it evaporate and leave town with a 5-5 tie in their match with Celina.  A similar outcome happened Saturday afternoon as the Pirates built a 3-1 lead with 15 minutes remaining but back to back goals by Bulldog Jim Aquino leveled the score at 3-3 which is how the game ended. 

Aquino opened the scoring for Celina but the score was equalized by Isaiah Schwab off a Jude Spallinger assist.  The teams went to the half tied at 1-1.  Luke Young put Bluffton ahead just four minutes into the second half finishing a pass from Jonathan Schriner.  Brandon Good drew a penalty kick with 19’ left and Simon Derstine buried it for a 3-1 Pirate lead.  

Aquino was not done scoring as he found the net with 15’ left.  Just 90 seconds later, Aquino fired a rocket shot from 30 yards out that equalized the score at 3-3. 

The Pirates controlled possession thanks to a ton of hard work by Tayton Kleman, Jackson Steinmetz, Simon Derstine, Asher Antrim, Jude Spallinger and others.  The Pirates outshot the Bulldogs 12-5 on the day.  Bluffton keeper Dakota Clymer came up with 2 saves in the tie. 

Bluffton is now 5-0-3 on the season.  

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