MAPLEWOOD, NJ -- The West Orange and Columbia boys soccer teams battled through 100 minutes of oppressive heat and finished in a 2-2 tie on Wednesday afternoon.
West Orange (0-2-1) broke to a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the game on sophomore forward Tyrese Folkes' goal with an assist from Dario Carraha. After that, the game settled into a scoreless duel for the remainder of the half, although the Mountaineers narrowly missed a goal attempt that sailed just over the crossbar midway through the half. Columbia (1-2-1) also had an opportunity on a set piece in the first half with an indirect kick that sailed wide.
In the second half, Columbia got its attack going and scored two unanswered goals to take a 2-1 lead. Sophomore midfielder Charlie Herley tied the game, 1-1. The Cougars went ahead, 2-1, on an unassisted goal by junior winger Juff Exilus.
Facing the prospect of three losses in as many games, West Orange rallied to force overtime on a goal by senior Yasin Aly, who came up from his center back spot to score the equalizer for a 2-2 score with an assist from freshman Mason Bashkoff.
Max Crosby made 11 saves for Columbia. Junior goalie Nikolai Matthews of West Orange stopped a pair of Columbia shots. The Mountaineers spent most of the game in the Cougars' end, producing a lopsided 20-4 advantage in shots despite the tie score.
Only four of West Orange's top 16 players are seniors. Columbia is also a team depending heavily on the contributions of young players.