PROVIDENCE — Following his team’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.
“It was a good tie considering the way we played. Moses Brown scored seven minutes into the game, so we weren’t ready,” Couto said. “We still get the point and we're still undefeated, but they aren’t playing great right now. We need to pick it up.”
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 season’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 Tigers’ backline did a commendable job in marking up whenever the Quakers went on the attack.
Neither side could produce a decisive goal, though Tolman’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.
“Preston took it himself and just finished,” said Couto.
The Quakers, who ran their unbeaten streak to five games, are now 5-3-1.