Scots can’t finish, settle for scoreless draw
By Grant Ramey | (email@example.com)
Maryville College got 27 tries and 20 extra minutes Saturday, but just couldn’t finish the job.
The Scots outshot visiting Piedmont College 27-2 in 90 minutes of regulation soccer and 20 minutes worth of overtime periods, but settled for a scoreless, double-overtime draw on a chilly, wet Saturday afternoon on the MC campus.
“We did a lot of things well today,” Maryville coach Pepe Fernandez told The Daily Times after the draw. “Happy with the team and everything, except for finishing.”
It looked as though Sierra Siegel had given MC a 1-0 lead with just over two minutes left in regulation when her redirect found the back of the net, but the goal was wiped off on an offsides call.
“Looked like it was offsides, that’s what I guessed,” Fernandez said. “It was a tough call. He flagged it immediately so she must’ve been off.
“You thought right there, you kind of felt like if you got one you’d get two or three. (But) that’s just the way it goes.”
Maryville (7-1-1, 5-0-1 USAC) had 13 shots on goal in the first half but couldn’t take advantage. Piedmont (8-4-1, 2-3-1) didn’t register a shot on goal until nearly 55 minutes had ran off the game clock.
Kelsie Kestner missed just wide of the right post off a corner kick in the 15th minute for MC. Ashley Howarth broke free of the Piedmont defense in the 31st minute but she too missed just wide of the right post.
Taylor Emerson crossed up Piedmont goalkeeper Marjorie Hammond in the 35th minute on a shot from right to left but was wide of the net. Allyson Hale had a point blank attempt just before the half that Hammond deflected the shot off her goalie gloves.
“(With) 27 shots on goal, you should score a couple goals, at least,” Fernandez said. “We just didn’t finish today. We’ve been on fire finishing and playing really well.”
Entering Saturday’s match with four-loss Piedmont, Maryville had finished its last seven matches with a win since a season-opening loss to Lynchburg at the Roanoake College Kickoff Tournament in August.
Fernandez said he thought Saturday’s slick conditions would dictate play, but not in keeping the match scoreless.
“I think the slick field caught us a little off guard. You would think the slick field, if you kept the ball on the ground and finished on the ground you’d be fine. We had a lot of shots in the air.”
Fernandez told his team after the Saturday’s draw it was better to have learned this lesson now, not when conference tournament play rolled around. Something that happened to the Lady Scots last season after losing to LaGrange in double overtime of the semifinals last year — the only asterick to MC’s last run through the Great South before changing conferences.
“Last year in the conference semifinal we (played a team) we had beat 6-0 in the regular season, and we had a game just like this,” Fernandez said. “And we outshot them probably by an equal margin and didn’t stick the ball in the net.
“That’s soccer, though. It’s not a fair game”
The draw drops Maryville into second in the USAC standings behind Averett, a team that beat Christopher Newport Saturday to move to 6-0 in conference play. MC travels to Averett for a match Saturday.
The Scots are out of conference Tuesday, when they welcome an undefeated Centre College (10-0) team for a 5 p.m. match.
“We lost in double overtime to them last year,” Fernandez said. “I think they’re (ranked) 18th or 19th in the country, so it should be a good game.”