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Seminoles hang on
Salem boys rally past Oconee

CONYERS - The Salem boys soccer team captured a 3-2 win Thursday night at Evans Memorial Stadium in come-from-behind fashion over Oconee County.

The Seminoles (4-1) fell behind 1-0 early when Oconee's Austin Lewis headed in a goal with 34:43 left in the first half.

Salem tied it up with 9:20 left off a corner kick by Jonathan Ryon who found Garrett Wallace for the score.

But Oconee went back on top with 3:31 left off a goal by Matthew Fuller.

The 2-1 deficit remained until halftime.

After the break, the Seminoles came out much more composed and tied the game for the second time with 22:00 left after Colin Easterbrook found Kwazi Yankee for the score.

Salem took the only lead it needed on the night when Daniel Aquilar's shot found the back of the night with 5:41 left to play.

Salem boys coach Sean DeWeese said he was pleased with the way his team performed - especially in the second half.

"They definitely played much better in the second half. They stepped it up," DeWeese said. "They didn't play badly in the first half; they just weren't consistent."

The Seminoles were without three of their starters as Koy Manget and Blake White were out with injuries and Nate Pulliam had to sit after getting a red card against Forsyth Central last Friday.

"It's hard when you have three starters out," DeWeese said. "That's like a quarter of your lineup."

DeWeese said it was good to have one of his players back - Blake Whitson - who came up with some big plays at stopper.

The Seminoles hit the field again Monday at Evans against Grady.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans@rockdalecitizen.com.