On a night when you could feel electricity hanging in the air, the Philomath High School girls soccer team had the biggest strike of the night in the final seconds of its match at Stayton.
With just 17 seconds remaining, junior Alivia Pittman after receiving the ball from senior Halle Hewitt scored to give the Warriors a 2-2 tie against the defending conference champions.
The Philomath-Stayton game had experienced delays because of lightning and finished nearly three hours after the scheduled start time of 6 p.m.
Stayton got out to a 1-0 lead in the first half when it scored on a penalty kick. That advantage held up through halftime but Philomath scored the equalizer within the first 10 minutes of the second half. Hewitt found the net with an assist credited to junior Chloe Jurva.
Stayton regained the lead in the 65th minute but Philomath played hard to end and got the tie on the Pittman goal.
The Warriors outshot Stayton in the game, 15-4.
The Philomath-Stayton series in girls soccer has become very close in recent years. The Warriors dominated the matchups for years and in fact, from 2014 to 2016, compiled a 6-0 record and outscored the Eagles by a combined 26-1.
However, for the past three years, the series tightened up. Philomath and Stayton have now recorded ties against one another for three straight years — 3-3 at Philomath in 2017, 0-0 at Stayton in 2018 and now the 2-2 tie at Stayton in 2019.
The Warriors (0-2-1) will host Sweet Home at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
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Philomath 2, Stayton 2
Tuesday, Sept. 10
PHILOMATH (0-2-1, 0-0-1) 0 2 — 2
STAYTON (1-1-1, 0-0-1) 1 1 — 2
First half — 1, Stayton, PK, 16th minute.
Second half — 2, Philomath, Halle Hewitt (Chloe Jurva), 49th minutes; 3, Stayton, 65th minute; 4, Philomath, Alivia Pittman (Halle Hewitt), 80th minute.