Settling for a tie can be tough to come to terms with. Sometimes it feels like a loss, sometimes it feels like a win, and sometimes it can be hard to draw conclusions from the result.
The 2-2 finish after a scoreless overtime between host Hill-Murray (1-1-1) and Visitation (2-0-1) at Mary, Queen of Victory Stadium in Maplewood Tuesday night saw both coaches come to different conclusions about the result of the game and whether or not it was deserved.
“I think we should have won the game, to be honest with you, because we had more chances than they actually did,” said Hill-Murray coach Simbo N’diaye. “We moved the ball better than they did but they had the two forwards on top that were very dangerous.”
The Pioneers were in control for most of the game, owning time of possession and they outshot the Blazers 24 to nine, with three more shots on net than their opponent.
While the result may have been frustrating, N’diaye said he was happy with the performance and for how hard his girls worked. He was especially pleased with the way his midfielders pressed and joined their forwards in the attack, becoming too much to handle for Visitation’s defense.
“Our midfielders going forward is our strength, so we kind of move the ball and they interchange among themselves very fluidly, and that’s what makes us dangerous,” N’diaye said.
Hill-Murray and Visitation had to settle for a 2-2 draw after 90 minutes of play on a chilly Tuesday night at Mary, Queen of Victory Stadium in Maplewood.
The Pioneers, ranked No. 2 in the Class 1A coaches’ poll, opened the scoring first, as Claire Cater found the end of a centering pass from Katherine Schindler and lofted it into the left corner of the net. Schindler did the heavy lifting, getting past multiple defenders while she worked along the goal line to create enough space to play a ball in.
The No. 6-1A Blazers tied it 1-1 seven minutes into the second half with Andi Barth converting on a one-on-one chance with the keeper. The goal was set up with a flicked header from Katherine Jones, which sent Barth through on goal.
The Pioneers (1-1-1) retook the lead seven minutes later with Cater’s second goal of the contest, as she headed home a pin-point cross from the left wing by Lucy Zupfer.
The Blazers (2-0-1) came back from a one-goal deficit for a second time with under 10 minutes left when Jones scored via a counter attack, finishing after she rounded the keeper and set up an open net.
Both teams had a chance or two in overtime to score a winner, but neither team could find the back of the net.
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