HURRICANE, W.Va. - The work continues for Hurricane.
Guillermo Ugarte scored a goal to give the host Redskins the early lead Thursday evening, but Woodrow Wilson's Corey Accord netted the equalizer right before halftime and it stayed that way in a 1-1 tie. A crowd of about 100 attended the Class AAA Mountain State Athletic Conference matchup.
After Ugarte's tally less than five minutes into the opening half, defending state champion Hurricane (2-0-1), which is trying to overcome the loss of nine starters, had only one more shot on goal the rest of the game.
Ugarte, a foreign-exchange student from Chile, dribbled about 10 yards into the penalty-box area after receiving the pass. He then fought off two defenders before flicking the ball past Flying Eagles senior keeper Josh Moore with 35:25 remaining.
Accord, a junior, knotted the game at 1-all for Woodrow with 13:19 left in the first half on a header. Junior Colton Hatfield's corner kick was headed in the box by senior Matt Sumpter and Accord came in from the left post to clean up the loose ball for the Flying Eagles (0-2-1).
"We've just got to come out quicker and at a faster pace,'' said Hurricane senior keeper Tim Hayslett, who allowed his first goal of the season after two straight shutouts and finished with four saves.
"It's just a matter of how bad we want games. We had some minor mistakes and it cost us. We got kind of lazy in the first half. I'm proud of my team for the way they showed up in the second half and the way that they hustled.''
Woodrow sent a shot off the right post early in the second half that Hayslett corralled at the mouth of the goal. Ugarte had a chance to put the Redskins ahead with 29:46 to go, but was just wide right after intercepting a pass just outside the box. Hurricane had two corner kicks, but couldn't get anything going off its set pieces.