While a scoreless draw is not one of the prettier results in sports, there is something to be said about a defensive struggle in which neither team is able to put the ball in the net. Souderton and Central Bucks South had chances, but in the end it was a tough Suburban One Continental Conference match in which both sides left with a point.
The clubs traded momentum throughout the match. The Titans started the game with the majority of the possession and the offensive chances. They bullied Souderton off the ball and controlled the midfield, leading to a couple fruitless scoring chances.
However, as was a trend throughout the match, CB South was caught offside way too many times. This often halted progress and wasted good balls in. It also didn't help that Souderton keeper Jackie Parry had a phenomenal match.
"Jackie kept us in the game,' Souderton coach Joe Duffy said. "I think CB South had a few really legitimate chances and she was able to stop them. She positions herself well and has great hands. She didn't give up any rebounds. Without her the result would have been different.'
The first half started with sloppy Souderton defense and CB South offense, but ended the exact opposite. As the half wore on, the Indians gained more and more confidence, earning a few corners and connecting on a couple of solid runs up the middle and on the flanks. However, neither team really came close to scoring, forcing the two sides into a deadlock at the half.
The second half and overtime had similar plots to the first half. Possession probably ended up around 50-50, with both teams testing the keeper at different times. CB South owned the middle of the period, looking like a goal was imminent, but Parry came up huge three times in a five-minute span between the 60th and 65th minute to quell all Titans advances.
"We got a lot more chances tonight than we have in the last few games, we just didn't finish,' CB South coach Joe Bocklet said. "We didn't make the most of some opportunities and their goalie made a couple really good saves. We are not happy with a 0-0 tie.'
Souderton owned the final 10 minutes of the second half, making it appear that it would notch its first win of the season on a late winner. However, it was not to be, as two late corners proved futile and a daring run by Meredith Moore ended in an effort that went just wide of the near post.
"The hardest part is executing the final pass and shot,' Duffy said. "I think we do a good job in the buildup, but we have to find ways to score goals.'
To be honest, CB South probably should have won the match in overtime. Parry came up with a couple brilliant saves, but the Titans had numbers numerous times and could not find the back of the net. Heavy touches and weighty passes kept the visitors from hitting the winner, while Souderton took some chances on the counter that were unsuccessful.
"I just hope our girls are visualizing the shot and have the strength in their legs, mental focus and concentration to put it home,' Duffy said. "We had a couple end line runs and girls just didn't finish the final pass. We will do some shooting drills and hopefully that will boost some confidence, but we have to score in the game.'
In the end, the result was fair. Despite a decent amount of chances for both sides, no one really took hold of the match. Although a win would have been preferred by both coaches, a point added to a couple of wins can prove useful late in the season. Plus, keeping a clean sheet for a defense is always a source of pride.
"I think we are both having scoring troubles,' Duffy said. "We both can play a little defense, but we have issues on the offensive end. I think we could have played two or three more overtimes and the score would have stayed the same.'