Gaining experience in different situations can be invaluable to a young team.
Winning in those situations is a bonus.
Bedford had both of those scenarios happen in a come-from-behind 2-1 home victory over Richland on Tuesday night.
The Bisons trailed by a goal at halftime but scored twice in a nine-minute span of the second half to earn the win.
“It’s huge,” Bedford coach Barrett Schrock said of the comeback. “Until you do that, you don’t know if you can or not. It’s something we can go back to later if we’re in the same situation.”
Logan LaMarche scored both goals for Bedford. Not long after Bison goalkeeper Chris Klinger made a brilliant save with his right foot, Bedford put pressure on at the other end with LaMarche tying the contest on a shot from inside the box that clipped the far post and crossed the goal line with 29:14 left in regulation. Nate Hoover had the assist on the goal.
The Bisons continued to pepper the Rams’ goal area, and LaMarche got the eventual game-winner at the 20:31 mark. Unassisted, LaMarche ripped a shot from about 20 yards out. The ball hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced off the back of Richland goalkeeper Austin Syfert and into the net.
Both LaMarche and Chase DeLong had open looks on Syfert in the final minutes, but both chances missed wide of the goal.
Despite being outshot 8-2 in the first half, Richland had the 1-0 lead on the scoreboard.
The Rams’ defense stopped a Bison opportunity and quickly transitioned the ball upfield with Trent Rozich finding space to put a shot past Klinger with 28:33 left in the half.
Overall for the night, Bedford led in shots on goal, 18-4, and also had 10 corner kicks to just two for Richland.
“We were up and down intensity-wise, but our passing has been improving and we put some things together in the offensive end tonight,” said Schrock.
“That’s a positive. We’re moving in a positive direction, and we just need to keep working.”
Bedford, 3-1, will host Bishop Carroll on Thursday.
BEDFORD 2, RICHLAND 1
Richland 1 0 — 1
Bedford 0 2 — 2