Caldwell boys tie Graves in dramatic finish

Caldwell County’s Haiden Ball battles for position against a Graves County defender in what would ultimately result in a 5-5 draw.

Thursday night’s boys varsity soccer game against Graves County was full of ups and downs that came down to the final minutes of the game.

Grayden Miller, on an assist from Blake Vivrette, put one between the posts with less than a minute on the clock to end the game in a 5-5 tie.

Blake Vivrette and Colt Babb scored Caldwell’s first two goals of the night, both on an assist from Grayden Miller within just a minute and a half apart, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Caldwell goalkeeper Corbin Nichols saved a high shot attempt by deflecting it, but before he could regain a good position, John Pardo made good on a shot from the right side of the net, closing the gap 2-1. Conner Thomas tied the game up, 2-2, just nine minutes before the half on a long shot from the left corner.

A penalty kick from Blake Vivrette gave the Tigers the 3-2 lead with still 30 minutes of play left in the game.

Graves County’s Luis Romero slipped one past Tiger defenders and snuck in a high shot to the left corner that ultimately tied the game once again. Less than a minute later from kick off, the Eagles were back in Caldwell territory with Eddie Romero sending one in on a corner kick giving Graves the 4-3 lead

After several failed attempts, Pardo put the Eagles up 5-3 with about 14 minutes left to play.

The excitement came when Ethan Weatherspoon booted a long shot that Graves goalkeeper never saw coming to put the Tigers within one, 5-4.

With less than two minutes on the clock, Miller connected with a long throw-in from Blake Vivrette beating out Graves County defenders to plant one in the left corner tying the game 5-5 just before the final whistle.

Caldwell goalkeeper Corbin Nichols is credited with eight saves for the night.