WARRENTON — A flurry of shots on goal in the first 10 minutes had Banks ahead 2-0, but the Astoria girls soccer team woke up and scored the next two to force a 2-2 tie with the Braves Thursday in a Cowapa League game at Volunteer Field.

The Braves could have easily made it 3-0, had it not been for a save by Astoria keeper Katie Russell on a Banks penalty kick in the first minute.

Still, Banks came back with goals in the second and ninth minutes for a two-goal advantage.

“That’s about where we woke up,” said Astoria coach Jerry Boisvert.

In the 20th minute, Astoria’s Kaisa Johnson scored on a scramble in front of the goal following a Fishermen corner kick.

Astoria tied the match in the 44th minute, when Marina Oman sent a crossing pass to Johnson at the mouth of the goal, and Johnson one-touched the ball into the net.

“It could have gone either way after that,” Boisvert said. “Both teams had about 15 to 20 opportunities to score the winning goal.”

The Braves had a one-on-one chance in the 79th minute, but Russell came out to disrupt the play, then made another save moments later to keep the Braves scoreless in the second half.

“Mykka (Abrahams) played solid defense for us, and I was really pleased with Marina up front,” Boisvert said. “Kaisa earned a lot of recognition with her two goals and just being in the right place at the right time; and Chantal Simmons played one of her best games ever.”

Astoria hosts Tillamook Tuesday.


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