Scoring was at a premium on Saturday night between Reading United AC and West Chester United SC.
The two teams scored less than two minutes apart midway through the first half before going on to play 66 minutes of scoreless soccer, ultimately leading to a 1-1 tie in a USL League Two match at the turf field at Alvernia University.
“We want to win every game, especially when we feel like we have the chances to do it,” Reading coach Casey Moore said. “Our guys are never satisfied with getting a draw.”
After a 36-minute lightning delay interrupted the game early in the first half, Reading opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, capitalizing on a West Chester turnover. Reading forward Talla Faye intercepted a pass deep in West Chester territory and found forward Ike Hollinger, who scored from inside the 18-yard box to make it 1-0.
“I peeled out wide, and Talla made a great pass to me,” Hollinger said. “An easy one-touch finish in the corner.”
West Chester (6-3-3) responded immediately, as a quick attack culminated with a goal from Spencer Burkhardt just over one minute later. The goal was unassisted.
West Chester appeared to take the lead in the 34th minute, but the goal was nullified by an offsides call. The two teams headed into halftime tied 1-1.
Hollinger nearly gave Reading (4-3-6) the lead in the 53rd minute, but his shot was blocked by West Chester goalkeeper Cameron Sanders, who completed a diving save. Hollinger finished with four shots.
“He’s always active,” Moore said about Hollinger. “He always does the work that we need him to do.”
Both sides traded scoring chances throughout the remainder of the second half. Reading outshot West Chester 10-9 during the final 45 minutes.
“(We were) better in the second half,” Moore said. “When we went fast, I thought we were dangerous.”
The final scoring chance came during stoppage time, as a Reading foul gave West Chester a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. However, Kyle Tucker’s powerful shot was saved by Reading goalkeeper Russ Shealy.
With the result, Reading is 1-2-2 in its last five games. It has scored more than one goal in just one of its games during that span.
“We want to win everything,” Moore said. “We’ll continue to push (in) the last two matches.”
Source: Berkshire mont