LONGMONT — At halftime of Thursday night’s Tri-Valley league opener against Mead, Frederick coach J Doehring made it clear to his team that they were going to have to amp up the aggression a little bit.
The out-sized Warriors were also maybe just a step slower than their Maverick counterparts, but the message got through in the second half and almost resulted in the program’s first ever victory over the rivals.
“They are bigger and more physical, whereas we are much more of a finesse team and when we get into a game that is physical, we just shut down,” said Doehring, who was more than pleased to walk away from the match with a 0-0 draw after two overtimes.
“In that first half we were afraid, because we were afraid we were going to get hammered. Because if you play scared, that’s when people get hurt. In the second half we went through players and played a lot better.”
It was a frustrating night for the Mead attacking duo of Anna Maher and Jaylin Meining, who created a multitude of chances against a depleted Warriors backline but were never able to solve freshman goalie Bree Encinas.
One of the best chances of the night for the Mavericks came late in the first half. Maher had created enough space at the top of the box to have a chance to beat Encinas high, but the Warriors keeper timed her jump just right and was able to deflect it off the bar.
“Tonight we were just a little bit off and I’m not sure what it was,” Maher said. “We would see the net and it just wouldn’t go in. Their keeper made incredible saves and was impressive. We just couldn’t finish with that last touch.”
In the 52nd minute, Meining broke free for a one-on-one opportunity with Encinas but her shot missed wide and rippled the wrong side of the side netting.
“And once we got to overtime, nobody wanted to make that mistake and everybody played a little scared which allowed them to control the play,” Maher said.
The Warriors, who managed just one shot on Mead goalie Ali Osborne in regulation, had their chances — especially in the second overtime.
Senior Annie Feauto had a chance go just wide and moments later Shelby Smotzer had her shot timed up well by Osborne near the top of the box.
“A tie in any way shape or form is like kissing your sister and I think we both had chances to put the game away and we just couldn’t,” said Doehring, whose team gets Skyline Tuesday night. “It was evenly played across the board.”
FREDERICK 0, MEAD 0, 2OT
Frederick (4-3-1, 0-0-1) 0000—0
Mead (4-2-1, 0-0-1) 0000—0
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Frederick: Bree Encinas (100-0-5); Mead: Ali Osborne (100-0-4).