PROVIDENCE â€” Following his teamâ€™s 2-2 tie against Moses Brown on Tuesday afternoon at Wasserman Field, Tolman head coach Jack Couto was asked if the stalemate fell into the category of a good tie or a bad one.
â€śIt was a good tie considering the way we played. Moses Brown scored seven minutes into the game, so we werenâ€™t ready,â€ť Couto said. â€śWe still get the point and we're still undefeated, but they arenâ€™t playing great right now. We need to pick it up.â€ť
Such a remark from the head coach probably speaks volumes about how just how high Tolman raised the bar based on its play and production through the seasonâ€™s first half. The Tigers entered play Tuesday with just one tie through nine league games. The draw came last Thursday against defending Division champ Smithfield, a game that saw Tolman rally from a 2-0 halftime deficit.
The Quakers, who dropped a 2-0 encounter against the Tigers on Sept. 6, trailed 2-1 late in the second half when a Tolman player was whistled for grabbing. Moses Brown was awarded a direct kick that Chris Poggi converted to tie the score with just over 14 minutes remaining.
Poggi unleashed a powerful shot that was simply too much for Tolman netminder Adam Ghzael to slow down. Ghazal was called upon to make two saves as the Tigersâ€™ backline did a commendable job in marking up whenever the Quakers went on the attack.
Neither side could produce a decisive goal, though Tolmanâ€™s Preston Kamara did clank a shot off the left post just as stoppage time approached. That hurt along with the penalty kick the Tigers (8-0-2 II-North) missed in the opening half.
Tolman erased the one-goal deficit at 27:54 of the first half when Emmanuel Wognon converted on a through ball from teammate Anderson Monteiro. The visitors went up 2-1 nearly midway through the second half when Kamara blew past several Moses Brown defenders.
â€śPreston took it himself and just finished,â€ť said Couto.
The Quakers, who ran their unbeaten streak to five games, are now 5-3-1.