North and Carroll played an evenly-matched soccer game Tuesday night. Lightning helped guarantee that neither team went home a loser.
The game ended 0-0 when play was halted by lightning after the first overtime.
“It was a well-fought game, and I don’t think anybody really deserved to win or lose,” Carroll coach Mike Skaggs said. “It was going to be a mistake and whoever made the first big mistake was going to end up losing. I don’t think Mother Nature wanted anybody to lose.”
Although no goals were scored, each team had opportunities. In the first half, Carroll’s Alex Morgan dribbled into North’s penalty area and faced a one-on-one with goalkeeper Bryan Hernandez. Morgan took the shot that deflected off of Hernandez and bounced into the goal post before being cleared out by a North defender.
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“They’ve got a good keeper on North, but that’s our main problem, we can’t execute and finish our chances,” Carroll midfielder Clayton Carron said. “We’ve got to work on the training ground for finishing.”
North’s Juan Barron finished the first half with a close shot that missed wide right. With 1:26 left in the game North’s Isaac Reyes put himself in a position to score, and with a short shot, Reyes missed wide left.
“Maybe we give up some lower-quality opportunities, but we really try to generate real solid chances right in front of the goal. We got a couple but we couldn’t put them in,” North coach Brent Lewis said. “I feel like we worked hard, and it’s satisfying that we didn’t lose.”
Each team had five shots, but both defenses were solid.
“(North) had a lot of momentum there at the end, and I think our guys were physically tired, as were they,” Skaggs said. “Thirty minutes (the minimum delay for lightning) would have just given us time to catch our breath and be able to play 10 minutes hard, but it probably would have been much of the same because it was just two good teams, two evenly-matched teams.”
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Shots—North 3-2-0—5; Carroll 4-1-0—5. Saves—North, Hernandez 3-1-0—4; Carroll, Fernandez 1-2-0—3.