When A Tie Is Like A Win: Wildcat Booters Salvage Point In Deadlock

There are so-called good ties and bad ties, and the September 26 scoreless stalemate between Bethel and host Newtown in a boys’ soccer battle is one Bethel

Coach Tony Fernandes considers to be the former.

“To get a point here and not let them get the three points could be a big difference at the end of the season,” Fernandes said after his team survived a flurry of Nighthawk chances

Bethel stands at 2-1-1 in the South-West Conference, and the Nighthawks are at 1-2-1. The Wildcats have seven points and sit just two behind Colonial Division leader Pomperaug of Southbury; the Hawks have four points. Each team registers three points for a win and one for a tie.

Bethel dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision to Weston the game before the Newtown matchup.

Goalkeeper Nate Correard was solid between the posts against Weston and again versus

Newtown with a handful of saves and had support from Kevin Legnard, Luke Lacey, Nikita Redmond, and Ryan Chamberlain in the back.

Redmond broke up an attack with a well-timed side tackle, and Chamberlain blocked a shot near the goal line to help keep the Nighthawks off the scoreboard.

With some players seeing more playing time than usual due to bumps and bruises, Fernandes was pleased with the effort.

“Tonight was about being organized, playing hard for each other, backing each other up,” Fernandes said. “Everybody contributed. I’m proud of the boys.”

Kevin Legnard, left, competes for the Wildcats.

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