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Galax and Marion went at each other for 90 minutes with no resolution as the Maroon Tide and the Scarlet Hurricanes settled for a 0-0 draw in a girls’ soccer match Thursday at Galax High School.
Marion controlled the tempo for most of the first half before a late flurry of activity by Galax, but neither had much to show for their efforts.
“We’re just trying to play a possession game,” said Galax coach George Edmondson, “but we don’t really seem to get into it until the second half so we’re just playing back and forth with them for the first half and getting tired. I think if we could have gotten into a possession game from the start we could wear them down and get some grind-out victories.”
Marion put three shots on goal in the first half to Galax’s one. A save by Marion goalkeeper Katie Pratt turned into a breakaway chance on the other end for the Scarlet Hurricanes’ Autumn Dixon, but Tide keeper Trinece Bryson deflected Dixon’s shot and the ball was finally cleared by Lindsey Nale.
Later in the half Bryson charged to deflect a shot by Marion’s Branika Scott, then hustled back to between the pipes to make a save on a shot off of the rebound.
“She’s doing great,” Edmondson said of Bryson. “She has a lot more potential, which is really good considering what she’s been doing lately.”
Galax picked up the intensity in its offensive zone late in the first half with three shots in the final two minutes by Lizeth Navia, Nancy Rojas and Taya Scott, but none landed and the half ended in a scoreless deadlock.
Scott had a scoring opportunity blocked off her foot by Pratt early in the second half and the Hurricanes wasted two opportunities with time winding down in regulation, while the Maroon Tide was unable to chase down and capitalize on a few nice leading passes late in the game.
“We were just exerting too much energy in the first half where what we want to do is hold on to the ball and let them run to us and drain their energy,” Edmondson said. “I think if we can do that we’ll have those legs at the end of the game and be able to capitalize.”
Galax mounted the only real scoring chance of either team in the two five-minute overtime periods. Midway through the first period, a throw-in deep in Marion territory set up a Scott attempt near the 18-yard line. Pratt blocked the shot and the Maroon Tide was whistled offside on the putback attempt.
Marion 0, Galax 0 (OT)
Halftime – Marion 0, Galax 0
Shots (on goal) 9(4) 11(4)
Fouls 6 4
Corner kicks 4 1
Offsides 4 4
Yellow cards 0 0
Red cards 0 0
Saves 4 4
Saves – Pratt (Mar) 4, Bryson (Gx) 4.