GLOUCESTER — In 60 minutes of field hockey action, neither Beverly nor Gloucester could find the back of the net in a key Northeastern Conference clash at Newell Stadium.

As a result, both teams were dissatisfied with Monday's scoreless draw.

Both the Fishermen and Panthers — who got 13 saves from goaltender Julia Otterbein — entered the contest at .500 and could not move above that mark. The Panthers are now 4-4-4 on the season, with Gloucester at 3-3-2.

While both teams were disappointed in the draw, the frustration came for very different reasons.

Gloucester dominated for pretty much the entire afternoon, holding a 13-3 advantage in shots on goal and a 15-1 edge in corner chances. But the hosts could not put one in the net.

"We were all over the field and controlled possession, but we have to start finding ways to make plays," Gloucester head coach Lauren Riley Gove said. "Beverly was quick to the ball and had a great goalie (in Otterbein). We need to work on our ball movement and get something going when we have chances."

Beverly, on the other hand, was frustrated that it could not generate more offense. Outside of three shots on goal, the Panthers could not penetrate the Fishermen midfield and defense.

"We came out a little slow and it took us a while to catch up," Beverly head coach Trish Murphy said. "It would have been nice to generate more offense, but it was just a rough day for us and they did a good job keeping us to short possessions.

"But it's a point on the road against a good team."

The Fishermen started to take control after a five minute feeling-out period and pressured the Panthers' defense for most of the day.

Otterbein, however, was up to the task and also clogged up Gloucester's passing lanes in the circle to clear the ball out of harm's way. Her best stop came late in the first half with a kick save on a hard shot from Ella Marshall at the top of the circle. 

"Julia really stood out," Murphy said. "Especially in a stretch late in the first half and early in the second half when Gloucester was really threatening."

Cate Delaney led the Gloucester attack, facilitating from the midfield and generating scoring chances. But the Beverly defense, led by seniors Caroline Kennedy and Tori Shea, performed well under pressure as Gloucester did not have any real high quality chances. 

Beverly next travels to Central Catholic in Lawrence on Friday (4 p.m.).

 

 

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