Golden Valley was well on its way to its first win in nearly two weeks when one goal unraveled everything.
Edmundo Garcia tapped in a bouncing free kick at the start of the second half, triggering a scoring spree that gave Atwater a 3-2 lead five minutes into the second half.
GV scrambled for a goal in the 66th minute, sneaking out a 3-3 tie.
"It was a bad five minutes. It goes to show that in this league it's going to come down to one goal," Eagles coach Lee Shaw said. "It's so close. If you look at Atwater almost all their losses are by one goal."
GV (3-3-1 Central California Conference) led 2-1 at the half thanks to goals by Jose Salcedo and Fabian Bustos. Garcia turned the tide with his tap-in on a Jorge Carmona free kick.
Alex Zdanowski scored minutes later on a scramble in front of the box to give Atwater (1-5-1 CCC) a 3-2 lead.
"We had the game," Shaw said. "The positive is that we fought back to get the tie.That point could be very important as the season goes along. Now we just got to get some wins."
Matt Hubbard notched the game-tying score on a header for the Eagles, which haven't won since beating Pitman 3-0 on Sept. 22.
LE GRAND 2, WATERFORD 0, at Waterford -- Luis Lopez and Juan Ceja tallied goals, and Jorge Ayala had six saves to pick up the clean sheet as the Bulldogs (5-1-1 Southern League) topped the Wildcats (4-2-1 SL).
DELHI 2, TURLOCK CHRISTIAN 1, at Turlock -- Edgar Sanchez and Oscar Pimentel rallied the Hawks (5-1-1 SL) from a 1-0 halftime deficit in a win over the Eagles (1-6 SL).
RIVERBANK 1, ESCALON 0, at Escalon -- Nasr Alsumeiri's first-half goal was all the Bruins (7-0-1 Trans-Valley League) needed against the Cougars.
GUSTINE 3, PATTERSON 2, at Gustine -- Bianca Tello had 32 assists and also had a couple of blocks to lead the Redskins (2-16 Western Athletic Conference) to only their second win this season, a 25-15, 23-25, 25-20, 16-25, 15-13 win over the Tigers (1-7).
HILMAR 3, ORESTIMBA 1, at Newman -- The Warriors became the first team to win a game against the Yellowjackets, but lost 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-12. Hilmar (21-5, 8-0 WAC) trailed 11-9 in the second game before rolling off six consecutive points to regain its footing. Caitlin Benning had 18 kills and three aces for Hilmar.
SONORA 3, MANTECA 1, at Sonora -- After the Buffaloes (4-2 Valley Oak League) tied it at one game each, the Wildcats took control en route to a 25-23, 24-26, 25-15, 25-18 win. Hannah Blume led Sonora (5-1 VOL) with 21 kills and three aces.
OAKDALE 3, EAST UNION 0, at Oakdale -- Jaci Powell had 12 kills and five aces for the Mustangs, who remained undefeated in VOL play at 6-0 with a 25-7, 25-6, 25-6 shellacking of the Lancers (2-4 VOL). TURLOCK CHRISTIAN 3, DELHI 0, at Delhi -- Behind eight kills and six aces from Emily Breuss, the Knights (4-3 SL) cruised to a 25-13, 25-9, 25-19 win over the Hawks (1-7 SL).
ESCALON INVITATIONAL, at Woodward Reservoir -- Nathan Jackson of Big Valley Christian ran away with the boys individual title in 16 minutes, 38 seconds. He beat Matt Airola of Bret Harte by six seconds. Bret Harte's Kaylee Sedler (20:03) beat Tayler Anderson of Riverbank (21:26).