The Laurel Gators welcomed the Solon Comets to the peaceful surroundings of the Laurel Butler Campus for the first time in history on Monday evening. The peace was soon broken by the sounds of referee whistles and a competitive soccer match that ended in a 1-1 tie 80 minutes later. The referee whistles were plentiful as a high number of fouls and offsides stopped play throughout the match for both teams. Solon, who is a traditional division 1 power, applied consistent pressure at the outset but it was Laurel who struck first. The goal came on a beautifully executed counter-attack led by Senior striker Sydney Riddle who penetrated the defensive right side and then dropped a cross at the feet of senior Mia Mastroianni. The senior co-captain had mader her run behind the defense and was able to finish past outstanding keeper Kristen Confroy. The score remained 1-0 until late in the first half when Solon senior midfielder Maria Collica sent a cross from the defensive left side that deflected off one of the Laurel defenders and slipped past the keeper. Based on the offensive pressure from Solon and the quick-strike capability of Laurel there were few who thought that would be the end of the scoring in the game. The second half continued much like the first with plenty of physical play, fouls, and some good chances for both teams that were not converted into goals. The Laurel defenders held their shape and stuck to the game plan in shutting out the Comets for the entire second half. The back line of Nicole Felice, Michelle Delaney, Hayley Donohue, Kelly Sabransky, and Audrey Moore did an excellent job of preventing shots and protecting freshman keeper Christina Steele who was up to the task with some outstanding saves when needed. At the other end Laurel had some excellent chances stopped by Confroy or interrupted by speedy sweeper Samantha Slagle. The tie leave the Gators with a 6-1-3 record as they look forward to another chapter in the rivalry with Hawken on Thursday at the Butler Campus.