PEABODY — Both the Bishop Fenwick and Austin Prep girls soccer teams came into yesterday’s matchup with unbeaten records — and when the contest was over, nothing had changed.
The host Crusaders battled Austin Prep to a 0-0 tie as defense dominated for both squads.
“It was all about defense today,” said Fenwick coach Karen Guillemette, her team now 3-0-1. “We dominated play and had our chances, but couldn’t get anything in the back of the net.
“We knew this was going to be a tough game because Austin Prep has come a long way in the last few years.”
The Crusaders totally controlled play in the first half and had some chances to get on the scoreboard, but couldn’t finish. Cougar senior goalie Olivia Zizza made five saves while more Fenwick shots went just wide or over the net by inches.
The visitors didn’t get many shots on net, but nearly scored 15 minutes into the contest when sophomore Ellen Fantozzi raced over to kick the ball out of the crease after sophomore goalie Merry Harrington found herself out of position following Kristin Randolph’s cross from the right sideline.
“Randolph is one of our senior captains and is an outstanding player,” said Austin Prep coach Jessica Chiachio (4-0-1). “This was a good game (where) both defenses determined the outcome. It was tricky with that crosswind taking the ball all over the place.”
A strong wind blew across the field for most of the game, dying down only in the final five minutes. The wind took the ball in strange directions and made it hard for players on both teams to judge.
“You had to know where each punt was going because the wind changed the direction,” said Fenwick junior Jenny Nasser, who had a strong game on defense. “We did everything we could trying not to have the ball go in our net, but I wish we could have put one in theirs.”