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Tuesday July 14th, 2020 6:33AM

Soccer: Chestatee-GHS boys draw in battle of ranked teams

By AccessWDUN Staff

GAINESVILLE — Two of the area’s premier boys soccer teams played to a 3-3 draw Friday night as Chestatee rallied from two goals down against Gainesville in the second half at City Park Stadium.

It was the season-opener for the Class 6A  No. 2-ranked Red Elephants (0-0-1) while the Class 4A 10th-ranked War Eagles were coming off a 2-2 draw against Apalachee on Tuesday.

Gainesville took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Anthony Martinez. But Kevin Mendoza, off a feed from Yiovany Hernandez, tied the game for the War Eagles. The Red Elephants scored later in the first half when Anthony Alday's shot deflected off a Chestatee defender for a 2-1 halftime advantage.

Gainesville pushed its lead to 3-1 on Jose Aguilera's wild corner kick that ended with a Chestatee own-goal.

But the War Eagles rallied. Cristian Martinez blasted a free kick from the mid-line that found the back of the net and Jesse Nunez tied the game late.

The game finished that way as Chestatee’s Bryan Duran recorded 6 saves in goal.

Chestatee next will travel to Class A Private No. 10 Riverside Military Academy on Tuesday for their third straight match against a ranked team to open the season.

Gainesville (0-0-1) is off until playing host to White County on Friday.

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