Hurricane Girls Battle Wasps to 0-0 Tie
2nd 0-0 tie in 3 Days
By John Seaver
For the 2nd time in 3 days the Hartford girls soccer team had the better of the play but could not find the back of the opponents net. After an emotional homecoming week game Wednesday night vs Brattleboro the Hurricane girls had to get up for another MVL rival on the road at Woodstock Friday afternoon. The result was a 2nd straight 100 minute 0-0 tie. Coach Jeff Acker knew this game was going to be a challenge saying "That was a really gutty effort by a really tired group after Wednesday's game. We talked about how it was more of a mental challenge than physical challenge to play today. The girls had to pick each other up, and they did a great job of that."
The Hurricanes had the better of it for much of the first half with striker Belle Leister having two great chances that just cleared the crossbar. Ileana Sirois also had a blast from the right side of the box that just whistled over the crossbar as well. Like any good offensive pressure, the Hurricanes attack started from the back line with senior center back Kaylee Williams taking the lead. Williams time and again dispossessed the Wasps attackers and pushed the ball up field, several times taking runs up field all the way to the top of the Wasps penalty area.
Hurricane goalie Morgan White had another strong game in the nets and made a great save at 32' to keep the game knotted at 0. The first half ended when a Sarah Jones shot just missed wide at the buzzer.
Hartford had several good chances in the second half but could not muster any strong shots to challenge the Wasps keeper. "We had the better of the play again, but just didn't get that last bit of finishing or the last lucky bounce to put one away." said Acker.
Even as the Hurricanes continued to struggle getting quality shots against a stingy and tough Wasps defense they continued to battle and play hard. Nothing epitomized this more than a play late in regulation when a Leister tough angle shot ricocheted off the right post & both Williams and Sirois crashed into a Wasp defender at the top of the box trying for the go ahead goal. None of the three players gave an inch with Williams getting the worst of the collision. Williams was slow to her feet but after a short time on the bench was back in the game.
The tie runs Hartford's record to 4-2-4 & Woodstock's record now stands at 6-4-1. Both teams still in position for a home playoff game in D2.
Category 5 Hurricane Player of the Game: Kaylee Williams - easy choice as she was aggressive and effective all game. She drew 4-5 fouls playing great position soccer and helped the Canes keep a clean sheet for the second game in a row.
Hurricane girls next game is home Monday vs D1 rival Rutland.
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