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BARABOO — The Baraboo and Portage/Poynette girls soccer teams traded blows on Thursday night.

After having the start of the season delayed due to weather, the Badger North Conference rivals came away from their first game without a mark in the win-loss column. Portage/Poynette led 3-1 early in the second half before Baraboo closed the game strong and the teams played to a 4-4 tie at Baraboo High School.

The United played with a lead for much of the night, as it took all of three minutes for Portage/Poynette to score its first goal of the season. The United defense forced a turnover and Hanna Walters took it down the field for an unassisted goal that gave Portage/Poynette a 1-0 lead 3:01 into the first half.

Baraboo maintained possession for much of the next eight minutes, but Portage/Poynette continued to showcase a quick-strike, counter-attacking offense. The United turned a Baraboo corner kick into a fastbreak and Lauren Congdon finished it off, taking an assist from Hanna Garetson to give Portage/Poynette a 2-0 lead.

Baraboo got on the board at the 25:04 mark, as a corner kick eventually led to a Jordyn Zalewski goal. The scoring slowed from there, as Portage/Poynette goalie Tess Wilson stopped several solid Baraboo scoring chances and the United took a 2-1 advantage into halftime.

Walters gave Portage/Poynette a 3-1 lead with a goal on an assist by senior Molly Callen at the 50:07 mark of the second half. Baraboo answered 28 seconds later, as Taylor Bradley assisted Zoe Smith to pull the T-Birds within 3-2.

Baraboo earned a free kick at the 62:06 mark and Ellie Hennessy buried it to tie the game for the first time since the opening minutes.

The T-Birds looked as though they would take their first lead of the night when Bradley got out on a fastbreak. But Wilson came up with the save and Portage/Poynette bolted the other way, with Walters scoring her third goal of the night on an assist by freshman at the 79:42 mark to give the United a 4-3 lead.

Baraboo responded again, as Carly Moon took a shot from the top of the box and found the top-right corner of the goal to tie the game at 4-4 at the 79:59 mark.

Both teams had chances down the stretch, but Wilson and Baraboo goalie Adele Griffin held firm as the teams played to a 4-4 tie.

Poynette/Portage will open the home schedule by hosting a non-conference game against Monroe on Tuesday.

BARABOO 4, PORTAGE/POYNETTE 4

Portage/Poynette 2 2 — 4

Baraboo 1 3 — 4

First half: PP — Walters, 3:01; Congdon (Garetson), 12:12. B — Zalewski, 25:04.

Second half: PP — Walters (Callen), 50:07. B — Smith (T. Bradley), 50:35. B — Hennessy, 62:06. PP — Walters (Aulik, 79:42. B — C. Moon, 79:59.

Follow Brock Fritz on Twitter @BrockFritz.

Capital Newspapers Regional Sports Reporter