(Newburyport MA) I don’t know the last time Ipswich girls soccer tied or won a game against Newburyport.
I do know from Mascores that the last time the Tigers scored a goal against the Clippers was in 2012.
Ipswich didn’t end the scoring drought tonight, but they did play enough defense to earn a 0-0 tie with Newburyport.
“Newburyport is a good team,” said Ipswich coach Dave Wood afterwards, “and this is a great result for us.”
Things weren’t so upbeat on the Newburyport side post-game.
“We had plenty of chances especially early, but we just didn’t finish,” said NHS coach Kevin Sheridan.
Just three minutes into the game the Clippers (4-2-3) had a sequence with four quality shots and no return. Credit Ipswich goalie Maddy Farris for being where she needed to be during the barrage of NHS shots.
“Their goalie was very good,” said Coach Sheridan. “She stopped some crosses and she also was able to hold onto some long-range high shots.”
Over and over senior Allie Waters facilitated Newburyport setups by getting by Ipswich defenders and finding teammates for good looks. She also had several quality shots on net.
But that first goal never came for the home team.
And because the Tigers (3-4-2) survived the first half they gained confidence and did a better job of limiting the NHS scoring chances in the second half.
“We could have gone into the second half up 2-0,” explained Coach Sheridan. “It would have been a different game in the second half if that had happened.”
But it didn’t happen, and the Tigers were able to put some shots on Newburyport’s second-half goalie Gabby Loughran. Lauren Waters and Carter King had the best chances.
The Clippers never stopped having chances but on this extremely cold (30’s & windy) Monday evening they couldn’t finish.
“We did have some chances in the second half,” recalled Coach Wood. “We finally started working the ball to the outside and then across. We just didn’t get on the end of any of them.”
Some of that Ipswich offense was generated by senior Lauren Waters. “It was a great last away game for her.”
Ipswich will close with Amesbury at home on Wednesday.
Coach Wood cited the defense of Lauryn Whynott: “It was her best game all year. She was aggressive and she was willing to carry the ball out of the back which she’s not always willing to do. She had faith in her first touch. They gave her space, and she took advantage of it.”
This was a game in which there appeared to be plenty of open space in the middle of the field. Allie Waters, Deidre McElhinney, and Carter King found opportunities to flash some nifty dribbling skills in those spaces.
Coach Sheridan: “We had some quality play tonight. It just didn’t result in a goal. We have a great group and I’m super proud of them. I want them to finish the season on a high note on Wednesday against Lynnfield.”
Junior Katie Gallagher may have had the best Clippers scoring opportunity early in the second quarter. The strong-footed defender blasted a long kick just under the crossbar, but Ipswich GK Maddy Farris jumped to snag it.
The cold in this game was real. Add a steady wind to the low temps and only the truly committed lasted the whole game.
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