On a cloudy Friday afternoon in Chester on senior day, the Leland & Gray High School boys soccer team had a strong second half to pull away from the Green Mountain Chieftains, 7-2.
However, this game could have gone either way in the first half, as the hometown Chiefs got on the board first on a nice goal from Luke Thompson just eight minutes into the contest, before the Rebels Noah Chapin not only tied it up just seven minutes later, but gave his team the lead just four minutes after that.
But the Chiefs kept working hard and tied the game up again with a goal from Cooper Ness with 12 minutes left in the half.
In fact, the play was quite even midway through the first half, as the Chiefs were able to keep the rebel offense at bay, with sophomore Randy Peters in the net for the Chiefs.
However from there it would be all Leland & Gray the rest of the way, as their high-powered offense and tough possession play at midfield finally began to take its' toll on a now scrambling Green Mountain defense.
The Rebels would get a third goal just before the half on a nice give-and-go for senior Tyler Russell, who planted a shot just inside the left post for a 3-2 Leland & Gray lead at the half.
That would be as close as Green Mountain would be in this one however, as the Rebels dominated the second half, getting goals from Chapin, his third of the match, Russell (his second) and single tallies from Tyler Miller and Sean Stine to round out the 7-2 win.
The victory, coupled with a Twin Valley loss, also clinched the Division III Marble Valley League championship for the Rebels, who are officially on a roll heading into the tournament.
Leland & Gray coach Chris Barton was clearly pleased with his teams' effort in the second half.
"I really give Green Mountain credit for making us work in the first half," Barton said after the game. "But we put everything together in the second half and are really looking forward to the upcoming tournament."
Clockwise from top, the Rebels' Tyler Russell gets a shot off as GM keeper Ramsey Peters closes in, the Rebels Tyler Nystrom makes a pass past a GM defender, L&G's Noah Chapin dribbles up field, GM's Luke Thompson and Russell converge and GM keeper Peters goes up for a save in traffic.