Destin, Bruner deadlock on soccer pitch

Tina Harbuck

After a no-score first half, the Destin Marlins and Bruner Spartans finished up with 2-2 tie in middle school boys soccer Wednesday evening in Destin.

“We have too many opportunities,” said Destin Coach Carlos Gonclaves.

The Marlins made at least three close-call shots at goal in the first half.

“This game should have been a little bit easier,” Gonclaves said.

With neither team finding the net in the first half, Destin came out in the second half and struck in the first two minutes of play with Jake Purvis booting one in the net.

About six minutes later, Bruner came back and tied it up.

Destin had a couple of other close calls at the net, then in the last five minutes Bruner kicked one high in the net to go up 2-1.

The Marlins rallied and came right back with Dean Redmond scoring to even the score with about three minutes left to play.

In the final minutes it was a battle, but there was no score.

“We should have won this game easily,” Gonclaves said. “But I’m proud of the intensity the last few minutes. But games like this we should win.”

The Marlins will be traveling to Crestview on Monday to take on the Davidson Panthers.

“This will be the last game of the season, then we’ll see if we make the playoffs," Gonclaves said.

The middle school soccer playoffs will begin the week of Feb. 5.