MIDDLE POINT — Saturday afternoon’s soccer match between Lincolnview and Miller City was about as exciting as it gets — full of aggressiveness, collisions, fouls, and drama. The Wildcats came back late from a 2-0 deficit to tie it, but the Lancers then got the winner from an unexpected source, junior Jerron Taylor, with only 1:27 left in the game. Lincolnview is now 1-4-2. Miller City is 1-8.

The Lancers had the only goal of the first half. That one came with 32:47 on the clock when sophomore forward Clayton Leeth stole the ball at midfield, out-raced his defender, leaving only freshman keeper Joseph Deitering between him and the net. Leeth rifled a 15-yarder into the right side to make it 1-0, Lancers.

Meanwhile, Miller City was getting more first-half opportunities than Lincolnview (12 shots versus seven, 7 on goal versus 4), but none of the Wildcat shots were high percentage efforts.

The second half saw a lot more action. With 22:49 left in the match, Leeth and Deitering raced for a ball in the right corner of the box. The two collided violently, but a split second before the collision, Leeth got a foot on the ball and lofted a high lob that found its way into the unattended net — 2-0, Lancers.

The ‘Cats continued to fire away far more frequently than did the Lancers, but none of the visitors’ shots were of the high percentage variety. That changed with 12:10 left when Miller City senior Isaac Fillinger was awarded a penalty kick which he rammed home to close the gap to 2-1.

With 7:36 remaining, Fillinger had another good shot, ripping a 20-yarder from straightaway, but the Lancers’ sophomore keeper Creed Jessee leaped high to deflect it over the bar.

With 5:40 on the clock, Fillinger took a pass, got behind his defender and whacked in the tying goal from point blank range. That brought the fans to life in a big way.

Fillinger had a chance to take the lead with 4:25 remaining, facing Jessee one-on-one from 20 yards out on the left side, but his shot sailed a tad high.

Then came the winner. Lancer senior Jared Pollock out-hustled his defender and lofted a perfect cross from the right corner of the field, finding Taylor open in the left corner of the box, from where the junior sub rifled it into the left side of the net.

“Jared Pollock took it all the way to the corner and played that ball perfectly, just to the top of the penalty area,” explained Lincolnview coach Anson Moody. “He (Taylor) has got a heckuva rocket. He doesn’t get a lot of varsity time, but I felt that if we could get him the ball where he got the ball, he could put one in, and it worked.”

Miller City ended up with a whopping 31 shots (16 on goal), but very few of those were difficult stops for Jessee. Lincolnview had only 13 shots (8 on goal), and Deitering was severely tested on a few of those.

“They (the Wildcats) were putting up more shots,” said Moody. “We need to work on tighter marks, not give them the opportunity to look in the net, because any one of those shots they took, whether they were on frame or not, they were shots, and that’s too many.”

“My motto is they (the Lancers) have to want it more,” added Moody. “That last play — Jared Pollock to Jerron Taylor — that showed me that they wanted in more than Miller City. I couldn’t be happier with the effort that we gave on the pitch today. Yes, there are some places that we need to improve on, but it was definitely a well-earned win.”

Goals:

7:13 — Clayton Leith (LV).

57:11 — Leeth.

67:50 — Isaac Fillinger (MC) — penalty kick.

74:20 — Fillinger.

78:33 — Jerron Taylor (LV) — assist Jared Pollock.

Shots — Lincolnview 13, Miller City 31.

Shots on goal — LV 8, MC 16

Corner kicks — LV 3, MC 5.

Saves — Creed Jessee (LV ) 14, Joseph Deitering (MC) 5.