Neither team scores in double-overtime defensive showdown
The girls' varsity soccer team (3-1-1) was held scoreless in a rematch of the 2010 Regional Semifinal match against the Bethesda Chevy Chase (B-CC) Barons (0-1-2). The double-overtime thriller, which resulted in a tie, proved that the Barons were more equally matched with the Blazers than in their previous meetings.
A quiet first half was highlighted by four near misses by junior Melissa Romero, and a goal saving dive by goalie Lena Meyerson. The second half was much like the first, with neither team able to control the ball. After the loss of key forwards Alex Doll and Vic Gersh, the Barons have yet to score a goal on the season.
The game went into overtime but in two ten-minute periods, neither team could score. "We did everything but put the ball in the net,” head coach Robert Gibb said. "If we could have gotten an early goal it would have changed the complexion of the game.”
Although the Blazers did not capture the win, they were not discouraged by the outcome of the game. "The last four times they played us they beat us on a late goal,” Gibb said. "A tie is definitely better than a loss.”
Senior Rachel Smith was pleased with the teamwork displayed throughout the game. "We're definitely improving, and we're playing as a unit,” she said.
Gibb was satisfied with Blair's overall performance. "We played the reigning state champions and went toe-to-toe,” he said. "We played with a lot of heart and determination and shut them out.” The game gives the team hope for the rest of the season, according to Smith. "It shows we can do anything,” she said.
The girls' varsity team will play their next home game on Thursday, Sept. 22 against Walter Johnson at 7:00 p.m.
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