Henry Clay soccer team pulls out 1-1 tie with Dunbar

mmaloney@herald-leader.comOctober 1, 2013 

Thomas Ueland's goal with 19:13 left Tuesday rallied Henry Clay to a 1-1 draw against visiting Paul Laurence Dunbar in a cross-city match of top 20 high school soccer teams.

"Definitely means a lot," Ueland said of the 19th-ranked Blue Devils coming back against No. 2 Dunbar. "We came out a little flat, got down 1-0, then the second half we picked it up."

Dunbar (13-0-2) remained undefeated despite playing a third consecutive match missing six starters because of disciplinary reasons.

"We'll see how they go," Coach Todd Bretz said of the suspended Bulldogs. "But the guys that played tonight did a fantastic job. The players stepped up."

Henry Clay (9-4-3) wore pink jerseys on the third annual "Pink Out for Pyddney" breast-cancer awareness match.

"Our guys played really well tonight," Coach Tim Bernardi said. "Probably the best team effort we've had all season. ... All in all, it was a good effort on our part. They're a good team and, hopefully, we'll see them again."

Dunbar forged a 1-0 halftime lead.

The goal came with 7:44 left in the first half, when Tyler Joy-Brandon headed a lead pass to trigger a Ricky Clemente breakaway.

Clemente didn't waste the chance.

"Just one-on-one with the goalie, so I just put it to the side," Clemente said.

Henry Clay just missed in the opening moments of the game. An onrushing Zach Wolfe redirected a crossing pass just wide of the goal.

Blue Devils goalkeeper Jonathan Williams exited with a little more than two minutes left in the half, shaken up in a collision in the penalty box.

Bernardi said the injury is not believed to be serious.

In the second half, Dunbar's Nathan Jones barely missed two minutes in, putting a ball off the crossbar.

Henry Clay's Collin Rose fired just high with about 25 minutes to play.

Then Ueland got the equalizer.

Iddi Kaumba volleyed the ball deep into the goal box, where Ueland one-touched a bull's-eye.

"It was a beautiful ball. Unbelievable," Ueland said. "I didn't really have to do anything. I just stuck my foot out there. It was all (Kaumba)."

Chances were tough to come by for both teams, and Bretz liked his team's defensive effort.

"We bent a lot, but we didn't break, and they're so good offensively," he said. "They're a fantastic team, and to come out with a 1-1 tie, no matter what, is a good result."

Both teams had looks in late in the game, but couldn't strike again.

"I don't think (Dunbar) played very well, but a lot of that had to do with how well Henry Clay played," Bretz said. "But they played really hard. I'm very proud of how hard the guys played tonight and how much heart they played with. They kept battling to the end, for 80 minutes."

Clemente said he was happy the Bulldogs still haven't lost a match.

"It kind of means a lot, just try to stay undefeated," he said. "Not our best (game), but we tried and put a lot of effort in."

Henry Clay 1, Paul Dunbar 1

GoalsPLD: Ricky Clemente; HC: Thomas Ueland.

Goalkeepers—PLD: Josiah Farley; HC: Jonathan Williams and Itai Kumengissa.

Records: Paul Dunbar: 13-0-2; Henry Clay: 9-4-3.

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @markmaloneyhl. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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