GRANGER TWP. — The Buckeye and Highland girls soccer teams took positives away from their non-league contest Monday night.
While both played well enough at times to get a winning result, the non-league match ended in a 0-0 tie.
“I always use the old cliché with the girls that you have to take the bad with the good,” Hornets coach Gina Fox said. “Obviously we wanted the winning result, but we didn’t lose the game. We didn’t give up a goal.
“Did we want the win? Sure. But I’m sure they did, too, so you take away what you can from it.”
The Bucks (12-1-1) extended their unbeaten streak to 11 and showed they could go toe to toe with a squad fresh off a 2-1 victory over Wadsworth.
“For us being young, this gives us confidence,” Buckeye coach Bud Roberts said. “We had some opportunities and made some good runs, so this is a good game for us and good prep for the tournament.”
The foot of Highland’s Anna Rose Wiencek almost broke the deadlock with 13 minutes left, when the senior midfielder blasted a direct kick from about 35 yards. The shot hit off the crossbar and bounced straight down, but avoided the goal line.
It was one of two shots on goal for the Miami of Ohio recruit against the Hornets (10-3-2), with a handful of other tries off frame from Amanda Schniegenberg and McKenzie Koch, among others.
Many of those tries came in the closing 25 minutes, but the Bucks were always there.
From senior sweeper Heather Thomas cleaning up plays to goalie Hannah Stacy making a key stop, the defensive front, which also included Mi Nguyen, Shannon Peicu and Olivia Hartley — along with Lexie Thomas and Abbey Clark controlling things in the middle — kept the Hornets off balance most of the night.
“We talked about not over-committing, and I thought we did well with that,” Roberts said. “The big thing was that we didn’t panic (during that late run) because we know it’s going to change.”
Out of the four shot attempts Buckeye had on goal, two came off restarts. The others were an Alyssa Goth attempt from the right corner of the box and by Norah Barnes, who was double-teamed for most of the night but had a try from 20 yards.
Highland goalkeeper Madison Less was there to stop each, and defensive plays by Elle Cain and Maggie Mae Everett made it tough.
The biggest disappointment for Fox, however, was she couldn’t help her four 12th-graders get a win on senior night.
“I think they all went out and worked hard and showed some leadership,” Fox said. “They’ve been a big part of Highland history, so there are a lot of great memories they’ve created.”
Highland’s junior varsity defeated Buckeye 2-0 behind a pair of goals from Rachel Huttner.
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