Barnett’s first career goals not enough as Madison ties Warren

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County senior Will Barnett scored the first two goals of his boys’ soccer career, but it was not quite enough as his Wildcats tied Madison County 3-3 after two overtimes in Bull Run District soccer.

The Wednesday tie left Warren at 7-8-1 overall, 2-6 in the district, while the visitors improved their record to 2-11-2 and 2-9-1 in the district.

The Wildcats will now advance to the Conference 28 tournament at Riverside on Friday. They will carry the fifth seed to the host’s fourth.

“This is the first time I’ve ever scored in my career,” said Barnett after his two-goal night. “I’ve never done that, and to wait until my final game on my home field made it even more special.”

Warren played Madison as its final home game but celebrated senior night earlier, so it was a double-celebration for the veteran.

Barnett got the scoring started early. He sent in a short shot which passed the pressing goalie in the 12th minute of a rainy night.

After Warren senior Nick Allbritton mesmerized the Warren County stadium crowd by almost heeling a goal in, then turning upside-down to make a pass, Madison’s Alejandro Tenorio attempted the Mountaineers’ first shot on goal 24 minutes into the match.

“We started slowly,” said Madison coach Frank Herrman, “but after we got a few shots at their goal, I think our confidence picked up.”

A Madison header by Anthony Staton was repelled by ‘Cat Jaden Pietrucha in the 31st minute

The Mountaineers scored their first field goal in the 32nd minute when Staton’s pass connected with Jesse Lynch, whose tally tied the tussle at 1-all.

To that point, Warren had outshot Madison County 14-5, but the effort was not reflected on the scoreboard.

“Yeah, we had a lot of shots we just didn’t put as many in as we liked,” said Warren County coach Shane Lilly.

After tying the affair, the Mountaineers went ahead 2-1 when Tenorio booted in a shot of 35-feet. At this point, light rain started falling.

After halftime – when Warren had led the shots-on-goal 17-7 – the Wildcats came out and doubled the Mountaineers up. Stuart Ashley started the scoring play when he hit Barnett, whose second goal came in the 43rd minute.

But Staton’s break-away turned into an easy score as he beat the Warren County goalkeeper. Once again, the Mountaineers led 2-1 at the 46th minute

After attempting five straight shots at goal, Warren standout Jorge Figueroa got loose in the 54th minute to send the game into overtime.

After two additional periods, neither team could beat the other, resulting in a tie.

The Wildcats tried 37 shots, with Drew Wilson leading the team with five shots and one assist. Barnett was 2-for-4.

The Mountaineers tried 13 shots.