Girls Soccer: Tewksbury and Newburyport settle for 0-0 tie

Cricket Good (4) moves toward the Tewksbury net with teammate Sami Kelleher (8)

Cricket Good (4) moves toward the Tewksbury net with teammate Sami Kelleher (8)

Margaret Cote (11) and Jenny Lerman (14)

Margaret Cote (11) and Jenny Lerman (14)

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport (10-1-2) has only allowed one goal since a 3-0 loss to North Reading in their second game of the season.

That lone goal is still the only goal after the Clippers settled for a 0-0 tie against non-league Tewksbury on Friday night under the lights at the Stehlin Stadium.

No question in my mind that Tewskbury (7-5-1) was happier with the tie than the Clippers were.  Why?  A point is a point and the Redmen haven’t qualified for the MIAA tournament yet.  Also, they held down a strong team like Newburyport while being without key scoring weapon, Marissa Ladderbush.  Marissa (sophomore) tallied twenty-five goals for the Tewksbury JV’s in 2015 and has scored goals at the varsity level in 2016.

Amelia Droschwitz (5) open in the corner on the baseline.

Amelia Droschwitz (5) open in the corner on the baseline.

It had to be a frustrating tie for Newburyport.  Unbeaten in the previous ten games and playing at home seemed to the Clippers’ advantage but it only led to another terrific defensive effort.  During the previous ten, Newburyport had registered twenty-four goals.  Shutting them out in this game clearly spoke well of the Tewksbury defenders.

I thought that Newburyport carried the play in the first half.  Putting passes together in the midfield happened.  Putting passes together in the goal-scoring area, not so much.  The shots were long and Redmen GK Leanne Durham had a good look at each of them.

Olivia Sullivan (20) settles the ball for Newburyport

Olivia Sullivan (20) settles the ball for Newburyport

Second half saw ten minutes where the visitors from the Merrimack Valley Conference nearly scored.  Five minutes in a Tewksbury shot deflected off Newburyport GK Jen Stuart and off the crossbar.  Five minutes later Jen came way out to play a ball in and didn’t get it.  Fortunately, for Newburyport no one from Tewksbury could get a shot at the open net.

The rest of the way Newburyport had the chances: Colleen Byron with 15 minutes left and Sami Kelleher with seven minutes left.  With five minutes to go, a Clippers shot went off the crossbar.  But there were no goals scored.

Emily Chmela (19) and Amelia Kroschwitz (5) battle for the ball

Emily Chmela (19) and Amelia Kroschwitz (5) battle for the ball

A big game ahead for Newburyport on Monday afternoon.  They will be rematching with North Reading at home.  The Hornets did a number on the Clippers, 3-0, on September 13th.  Newburyport hasn’t lost since.

Impressed with NHS defenders Katie Hadden and Krysta Padellaro: physical presence and strong kicking.

One thing that didn’t go well for Newburyport was corner kicks.  They had a number of them but instead of getting the ball into the front of the net they chose to tap it to a nearby teammate.  With Tewksbury packed in the area no good shots came out of that strategy.

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Newburyport GK Jen Stuart

Newburyport GK Jen Stuart

Tewksbury GK Leanne Durham

Tewksbury GK Leanne Durham

Olivia Sullivan (20) and Jenny Lerman (14)

Olivia Sullivan (20) and Jenny Lerman (14)

Amelia Kroschwitz (5) tries to get away from Haley Mignon (42)

Amelia Kroschwitz (5) tries to get away from Haley Mignon (42)

Shot coming my way.

Shot coming my way.

Colleen Byron (18) and Maddy Wescott (15)

Colleen Byron (18) and Maddy Wescott (15)

Izzy Picher (12)

Izzy Picher (12)

Haley Mignon (42) above the crowd looking to head in a corner kick.

Haley Mignon (42) above the crowd looking to head in a corner kick.

Action in the Tewksbury end

Action in the Tewksbury end

Eyes on the ball

Eyes on the ball

Newburyport shot coming in on Tewskbury GK Leanne Durham

Newburyport shot coming in on Tewskbury GK Leanne Durham

Audra Greenblott (7) and Lizzy Picher (12)

Audra Greenblott (7) and Lizzy Picher (12)

Sara Catanzano

Sara Catanzano

Krysta Padellaro

Krysta Padellaro

 

 

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