WELLSVILLE — Wellsville defeated Wayland-Cohocton with a penalty kick in the regular season finale last year.

Thursday night, it was very nearly deja vu for the Golden Eagles after Wellsville senior David Graham sent home a PK with under 14 minutes left in regulation.

This time, though, the Eagles cranked up the pressure and found the equalizer to salvage a 1-1 tie on the road in Wellsville.

Asher Fox struck for Way-Co with just 2:15 remaining, netting his first goal of the season at the perfect time for the undefeated Eagles (4-0-2).

“Sometimes we wait a little bit before we turn it up. It’s frustrating,” said Way-Co coach Brent Owens. “We waited until we got down a goal and then decided to play a little harder, a little faster. We’ve got to be happy with tying it up, but we’ve got to play that hard the whole game.

“Wellsville always plays physical,” Owens added. “We came down here last year and we lost on a PK, 1-0. It was kind of deja vu. It was nice to tie it up this year. You can’t ever take any foe for granted.”

Neither team could find the game-winner in the two 10-minute overtime sessions. Way-Co put the pressure on in the first OT period, while Wellsville had a little better of the play in the second one.

“It would’ve been nice to figure out a way to win in regulation,” said Wellsville coach Matt Johengen. “They were giving us a lot of pressure down the stretch, and we handled it for the most part. We just couldn’t quite hang on. They got a fortuitous call and ended up capitalizing on the opportunity. Credit to them.”

Still, a tie is far better than a loss, especially against a Wayland-Cohocton team that is expected to be among the top Section V contenders this season.

“They could have a team of just seniors. They have 13 seniors on their roster, kids who have grown up playing together,” Johengen said. “Every tournament we went to in the offseason, the Way-Co kids were there. We faced off a lot against them. We know they’re very skilled. It does feel good to get a tie, especially coming off a hard fought Dansville win. Playing back to back is one of the toughest things you can do in soccer. I really liked the mental toughness of our kids today, and I really liked our heart and determination to hold on for a tie, because we were gassed.”

The Eagles finished with an 18-4 edge in shots, but the Wellsville defense only broke on Fox’s equalizer. Gage Caldwell had 11 saves for the Lions.

“Wellsville played last night and we had two days rest, so our legs should’ve been a little bit fresher than theirs but they fought hard,” Owens said. “They played well.”

Graham’s PK was his fourth goal of the season, tops on the team.

“David has ice water in his veins,” Johengen said. “He just steps up and buries that. Their goalie (Jeff Fox) guessed right, he just snuck it by him. He’s a very good keeper, he’s heady, athletic and gets his body in front of the ball. David just snuck it by him.”

Jeff Fox had four saves for Way-Co. The Eagles host Dansville Monday, while Wellsville (2-1-1) continues its to face LCAA DI league teams with a visit to Hornell Saturday at 2 p.m.

“It’s another tough one,” Johengen said. “We’re excited though. It’s always fun to play those guys.”