THOMAS â€” In a rough and tumble conference tilt with American Falls the Snake River Panthers earned a hard fought 1-1 draw on Wednesday evening.
"This was pretty evenly matched," Snake River head coach Trevor Peterson said. "We probably weren't as clean as we could have been but it was a rough and physical match which is how they play."
American Falls got on the board in the third minute of play courtesy of a free kick that was awarded for an illegal touch by the Snake River goal keeper. The ensuing kick was initially stopped by Tyler Roll but the ball found a way to trickle over the goal line for the games opening score.
"When that happened there was some frustration knowing that it could have been avoided," coach Peterson said. "Tyler did a great job for us though and he and the team did a great job of getting their heads back into the game and not letting it get them down."
From there the teams battled tooth and nail for the remainder of the contest with play getting a little chippy at times as the referee went to the yellow card on a several occasions.
Snake River tied the game in the 68th minute of play when Cooper Peterson was taken down in front of the Beaver goal, awarding him a penalty kick that he firmly planted into the back of the net.