Southold and Pierson played to a 1-1 yesterday at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor.
What started as the battle between the two top teams in Division VIII, turned into a one way contest as Southold (10-2) played catch-up to a superior Pierson team.
Pierson (11-1) was solid at midfield, turning away all Southold threats, and when Southold did gain the zone, their shots were blocked by defenders.
Pierson scored on a pretty play from an outside breakaway to make it 1-0. That’s how it stood for the bulk of the game. Southold came out of halftime a little more fired up, pressing the Pierson defense and getting quality shots on the Pierson keeper.
With 1:09 left in the game, Ryan Herrmann grabbed a pass between two Pierson defenders, and buried a 10-yard strike into the back of the Pierson net to tie it at one.
The remaining seconds ticked away, and the contest was called due to darkness.
Section XI rules call for two 10-minute sudden-victory periods in the event of a tie. The tie stands if unbroken in sudden-victory play. Section XI rules also say that if a game is suspended due to “conditions which make it impossible to continue play” a game that is more than half-played is “considered complete.” A game less than half-played “will be rescheduled from the start.”