Montessori earns tie with All Saints

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ST. THOMAS ­- In a back-and-forth game, the V.I. Montessori Volts and All Saints Vikings tied 2-2 in a varsity soccer match at UVI on Tuesday.

Tuesday's tie comes as a major victory for the Volts (0-5-1), who lost to the Vikings (2-4), 9-2, when they last played about one week ago. The tie gives the Volts their first point in the season standings.

"I couldn't be more proud," said Volts head coach Joey Elger. "To improve in a two-game span by a margin of seven goals is more than I ever could have imagined for them."

After a hard-fought first half, All Saints' Elijah Jones netted the day's first goal just before halftime on a header. But Montessori stormed out after the half with Jaia Hendrickson scoring on a breakaway to tie the game at 1-1.

After 10 minutes of scoreless play, Nathan Brathwaite connected on a strike from the top of the penalty box.

It looked like the Vikings had locked up a victory after the Volts' Ariel Stolz missed on a penalty kick, but an All-Saints own-goal on the ensuing play - committed as the defender was trying to kick the ball out of bounds - tied the game at 2-2.

"From there we hung on for dear life," said Elger, who singled out midfielders Tristan Slimming and Noah Stolz.

"They connected the offense and defense better than they have all season. They really were exceptional," Elger said.

V.I. Montessori plays CAHS on Thursday at UVI, while All Saints also goes up against CAHS on Tuesday at UVI.

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