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Falcons play to tie with Madison
By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WOODSTOCK -- It was deja vu for Central's girls soccer team on Friday night.
For the second consecutive night the Falcons went to overtime in a scoreless game, but Friday's contest against Madison County ended a little differently for Central. Neither team was able to score in the two five-minute overtimes and the Bull Run District match ended in a 0-0 tie.
On Thursday night, the Falcons scored in the final minute to win 1-0 over Skyline.
"I would have loved to win, but I was happy to come out with a tie," Central's Hannah Stephens said. "Last night we were really excited. It was nice to get a win, and I think that gave us a lot more confidence for this game. If it hadn't been for that win, we probably wouldn't have done as well as we did tonight."
The game against the Mountaineers was very even throughout, with neither team getting a lot of opportunities to score.
One of Central's best chance in the first half came on a shot by Stephens, just 14 minutes into the game. A shot by Stephens just missed and hit the crossbar. She said it was the second night in a row that happened to her.
"I was so mad at myself," Stephens said. "I can take it when somebody takes the ball from me, but when I have a shot like that, that I should have got, it's really difficult."
Both teams were pretty even on shots in the first half, but the Mountaineers came out strong to start the second half. Madison County had three solid scoring opportunities in the first six minutes of the second half, but couldn't convert.
In the two five-minute overtimes, Central (1-3-1, 0-2-1 Bull Run) controlled the possession and had several chances. One of the best chances was another shot from Stephens that sailed left and over the goal with four minutes left in the game.
"Basically I thought I could shoot it with my right and I had a defender in front of me," Stephens said. "So I tried to cut around her and hit it with my left, and I ended up shanking it over the goal."
The Mountaineers (2-1-1, 0-1-1 Bull Run) were without five players who were on vacation over spring break, but coach Devin Milbourne said he was happy with how his team played.
"Overall I was happy with the girls tonight," Milbourne said. "I'd just like to have everybody back and go from there. And see what happens the rest of the season."
Milbourne said he was really happy with the defense by sophomore Caitlin Shilan.
"She worked her butt off," Milbourne said of Shilan. "Central would have had some goals if we didn't have her back there."
The Falcons have a young squad, especially on defense, but coach Hap Kwiatkowski said he was happy with how they played against the Mountaineers.
"They played fine," Kwiatkowski said. "They're learning. It's a learning process on 'D.' But they stepped up at times. I was very impressed with them."
Kwiatkowski said he's been very pleased with how his team has improved as the season has went on.
"It was a vast improvement over our games against George Mason, Stonewall Jackson and Clarke County," he said. "Madison County is always very tough. It's a confidence builder."
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