Austin Prep put a lot more pressure on the defense in the second half, and Harrington had to come up with a few big stops to keep the game scoreless. Seven minutes into the half she made a diving save on Randolph, who drilled a low shot from the right sideline.
Randolph had another strong bid with 10 minutes left when she put a rising shot on Harrington, who caught the ball but couldn’t hold onto it. Fenwick junior midfielder Emma Harrington raced in to boot the ball away.
“Merry’s older sister bailed her out on that one,” said Guillemette. “Emma kicked it out of there; that was a very big play. Both Harrington sisters played well. I was also pleased with Nasser, Fantozzi, Mary Difilippo and Jackie Edgett.”
Annette Ruggiero, a senior forward for the Crusaders, used her speed to make some nice runs, and Edgett had a shot that was just over the net in the second half.
But it was Harrington at the other end who made sure her team came away with a point. She made two big stops in the last four minutes of the game, grabbing a hard shot by Caroline Benson and denying Meghan Braciska after Randolph made a perfect cross to the middle.
“Randolph is very fast,” said Nasser. “I told my defense to give her a little space because if you don’t she is going to blow by you. Once we did that, we were able to contain her better.”