All tied up
Prospect and Gilford girls play to a scoreless tie
|NICOLE DWYER moves the ball past a Gilford defender during action on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)|
September 05, 2011ALTON — After a season opener they would like to forget, the Prospect Mountain soccer girls came back with a better effort in game number two of the young season on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
The Timber Wolves hosted neighboring Gilford and while neither team got the offense roaring, both defenses had the chance to shine, as the teams had to settle for a 0-0 tie after 100 minutes of soccer.
"I was happy with the play," coach Matt Locke said. "Compared with the other day, this is a totally different team."
He noted that the heat certainly played a role in a game that lasted 100 minutes, but he thought his kids came through well.
"I think a lot of kids were cramping up, it was pretty warm for them," he said.
The Timber Wolves did lose Abby Drouin midway through the second half, as the talented sophomore had to be taken to the hospital after hurting her left leg.
Prospect certainly came out of the gate flying, as Britney Therrien sent a shot wide in the opening minutes and Kirby Beranger just missed a crossing chance. Nicole Dwyer also charged hard in the offensive zone but was stopped short of the goal.
Therrien just missed connections with Kelley Jones and Sahara Brown had a long shot stopped all before Gilford got its offense going.
The Golden Eagles finally tested Prospect keeper Shannon Meyer a bit, but she was strong. Sarah Stone also helped out with some good defense in front of Meyer. Gilford sent a couple of shots wide of the net as well.
Jones, Beranger and Therrien continued the offensive assault for the Timber Wolves, but they were unable to break anything through the Gilford defense and keeper. Rebecca Tinkham just missed connections with Jones on another bid.
Gilford had a couple more chances, with Meyer making a couple of solid saves and Ella Montminy stepping up with a big defensive play, preventing a breakaway Gilford chance.
Elaine Anderson, Therrien, Jones and Beranger kept the pressure on at the other end, but in the end, they couldn't get anything into the net and the game headed to halftime with the teams knotted at zero.
Beranger and Therrien had shots sail wide to open the second half and Brown's direct kick went just high of the net. Therrien also just missed on a pass attempt forward to Jones and Jones made a great cross to Dwyer on which the Gilford keeper made a solid save. Dwyer was also stoned by the keeper after making a great move through the defense moments later.
Meyer continued her strong play at the back end, keeping the Timber Wolves in the game as the balls continued to bounce back and forth up and down the field.
Prospect drilled a couple of shots off the crossbar as the pressure continued and Brown made a couple of good defensive plays at the other end as the Gilford girls looked for the first goal.
Tinkham had perhaps Prospect's best scoring bid of the day, as she sent in a shot from close range from amidst a pile of jerseys. The shot looked destined for the edge of the net, but the Gilford keeper dived and made a spectacular save at the last minute to keep the ball out of the net.
Jones hit the crossbar just moments after Gilford had done the same at the other end and the two teams went back and forth for the final few minutes of regulation before heading to overtime.
Beranger and Jones had the best chances for Prospect Mountain in the first overtime, though Gilford had a couple of great chances that Meyer stopped. In the second overtime, Jones and Therrien both had shots sail wide of the net and Montminy sent in a great pass to Jones for a shot that the Gilford keeper got to, preserving the scoreless tie.
"We had a lot of balls off the crossbar, but what are you going to do," Locke said.
The Timber Wolf coach noted that there were a few things that he saw from the sidelines that he knew his team could work on in the layoff before the next game.
He praised Brown and Montminy for their solid games on defense and also had some good words for his keeper.
"I thought she did a good job, especially considering it was just her second varsity game," Locke said.
The Timber Wolves will be in action on Friday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. at Raymond. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the girls heat to Inter-Lakes for a 4 p.m. game and on Thursday, Sept. 15, they host Belmont at 4 p.m.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126