Broad Run 0,
Potomac Falls 0
Considering the hectic week Liz Frank and the Broad Run girls' soccer team had been through, the Spartans' offense probably deserved a night off. Their defense, however, rose to the occasion and kept them on top of the AA Dulles District.
It was a defensive effort by fifth-ranked Broad Run that included surviving an early scare and onslaught of shots from No. 7 Potomac Falls to preserve a 0-0 tie and secure the top seed for the Spartans in the upcoming district tournament.
"[We had] hardly any energy left," said Frank, whose team was playing its fourth game in five nights. "It was kind of hard, but I'm just so proud of the team because we really did have a hard week. It's just really exciting to be in this situation now."
It was certainly quite a contrast for Frank and the Spartans (13-0-1, 12-0-1) from their game on Wednesday, when they couldn't miss the net in a 7-1 win over Stone Bridge. However, last night the energy needed to counterattack and make the dangerous scoring runs wasn't there.
"Thank goodness that we're done with this week," Broad Run Coach Claire Collins said. "We're done. We're thankful that this week is over. They can go home and rest and not stress out about everything."
With the top seed in the district tournament at stake and a third string goalie in the net, Broad Run's effort became defensive minded.
It was an approach reserve goalie Katie Starr was thankful to see as she learned quickly that it's a little easier to play goal with a six-goal lead as she did on Wednesday than playing in a scoreless draw.
"I'm like the third string, I'm supposed to play midfield," said Starr, who was pressed into service after starting goalie Rachel Cook broke her collarbone and backup Kendra Gillgren was recovering from an illness.
"In this game, each time I punted the ball up they're coming right back down your throat. It keeps you on your toes."
St. Joseph's-bound forward Jenna Martin and Ashleigh Snook continued to pepper the goal from long range, but Potomac Falls (12-1-2, 10-1-2) did not have many chances to get close enough to threaten seriously.
Early in the first half the Panthers got a ball behind Starr, but Broad Run's defense, anchored all night by senior Olivia Klopp, was able to clear it away.
"We're just not putting it away. We work on finishing, but we're still not finding ways to put it in the net," said Potomac Falls Coach Kris Kelican, whose team was also shut out in the first meeting by Broad Run. "I think we played well enough to win the game; obviously we had a lot more chances than they did. . . . We're just making good decisions with the ball right now. When we take shots, we take them at the wrong time. We try to pass we should shoot. It needs to get better if we're going to advance."