PLYMOUTH - The Terryville girls soccer team created many opportunities to close out its regular season campaign with a win, but instead finished Wednesday’s match against rival Thomaston in a 1-1 draw.
The Kangaroos’ first-half goal put them in control of the match to avenge their loss to the Golden Bears from Oct. 6, but a goal early in the second half tied the match, which did not find a victor even after overtime.
“Last game was more of a midfield battle,” Terryville head coach Brian Rosano said. “They only really had one quality chance in that game and they took it. We hit one off the crossbar with about five minutes left in the first game, it was kind of back and forth. Today, I thought it was more of a game of runs where they controlled possession for 10 minutes and then we battled back and controlled possession for 10 minutes. It was a little more balanced, at least balanced as far as the chances we both had.”
The first half saw both teams share possession somewhat evenly after a high-energy start from Thomaston. The Kangaroos (3-5-2) struck first on a scoring chance created by Zoe Zappone in the 27th minute, where she connected with Kylie Fernet at the top of the box. Fernet pushed a shot past Thomaston goalkeeper Courtney LeClare and into the right side of the goal.
“[Kylie] gave me a through ball and I had to go through a few people and found Kylie, she took a touch or two and shot it,” Zappone said.
The Golden Bears (6-3-1) did not wait long after halftime to even the score as Claire Saunders beat the Terryville defense on a run and won her one-on-one matchup with Terryville goalkeeper Ally Drake.
Possession mainly belonged to Thomaston early after the midway break, but the Kangaroos were able to rebound and move the ball into their offensive zone to create more chances.
“We went to a more defensive formation about midway through the second half and we knew we were going to invite pressure that way,” Rosano said. “We thought that we would have enough to hold up to it. I think it was just a mistake in marking that led to their goal. Credit to us that we dug in after that and didn’t give them the second one, which has been our curse throughout the year that once we give up one, it leads to two. I think we had the right mindset today, we weren’t going to give up a lead that we had.”
Zappone nearly notched her second assist of the contest in an opportunity to retake the lead when she found senior Kelly Poulin wide open in front of the goal for a shot that connected with the crossbar. Poulin’s shot sent LeClare to the ground, which gave Zappone a scoring chance with a header, but she was unable to convert.
The Golden Bears came equally close to taking their own lead late in the match with a couple of chances very close to the net that Terryville was able to clear. One Thomaston shot in overtime hit the same crossbar as Poulin, but neither team was able to find that second goal.
“That’s the game sometimes,” Rosano said. “We had chances, we hit one off the crossbar, we hit a header right at the goalkeeper, the goalkeeper makes a tremendous save and then 15 minutes late they do the same thing. We have to do a better job of showing more stamina when we’re marking players. If we’re doing it for too long, we tend to drift off mentally. So we have to stay sharp and stay locked in more consistently. All in all, I’m really happy with the effort. This is a top of the table team in our league, for us to come out and play them 1-1 is a good showing by us.”
The Kangaroos’ regular season is over and they are off through next week until the start of the Berkshire League’s postseason.
“We’re happy to have the chance to play extra games,” Rosano said. “Our mantra all is anytime we’re on the field we’re grateful for it because we didn’t know if we were going to have this chance. I coach baseball here as well and I missed out on my baseball season, so I had the same fear with this team that I was going to miss out on a chance to be with this group. We’re all just so grateful that we get a chance to play.”
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TERRYVILLE 1, THOMASTON 1 (OT)
Halftime: 1-0 Terryville
Goals: Kylie Fernet (Te), Claire Saunders (Th).
Assists: Zoe Zappone (Te).
Saves: Ally Drake (Te) 8, Courtney LeClare (Th) 6.
Records: Terryville 3-5-2, Thomaston 6-3-1.