Notre Dame-CCS Soccer Ends In Scoreless Draw

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - by Jaime Barrett

With just under four minutes to play in Tuesday’s District 7-A/AA girls’ soccer showdown, Chattanooga Christian found itself inches away from a possible first-place spot in the division.

But after Notre Dame keeper Taylor Green got her hand up just in time to send Beata Brock’s shot over the net, then recorded another save on the ensuing corner kick, both teams went home with their postseason position up in the air.

When Tuesday’s match at Notre Dame ended in a scoreless draw, it left both teams without a district win, and created the possibility of a three-way tie atop the division.
The Lady Irish will travel to face Signal Mountain next Tuesday knowing that a win could secure a No. 1 seeding, while a tie could force a coin toss to determine the district standings.

“We don’t want a three-way tie,” Notre Dame coach Jim Schermerhorn said. “I can’t even do the math on that. We’ve got to win a game.”

The Lady Irish (2-4-3, 0-0-1) had their chances at a game-winning goal on Tuesday, especially in the first half, but the CCS defense held on to get to the break without a score.

“They did well creating some very dangerous chances,” Lady Chargers coach Cal Sneller said. “Our kids did a decent job adapting to it, but it took too long. We gave them those good opportunities, and that really hurts the flow.”

“We did fairly well organizing the defense, especially with such a young bunch. I don’t know if any of them really saw significant time against Notre Dame last year, so that’s a good step.”

In the second half, Chattanooga Christian (4-4-2, 0-0-2) created a number of its own dangerous opportunities, but Green helped keep them all out of the net. Several of her saves came in the final five minutes with the Lady Chargers on the attack, including the stop on Brock’s shot that Schermerhorn described as a “game-saver.”

“That was a beautiful save,” Sneller said. “She’s a phenomenal goalkeeper. We put Beata up top because she has good speed and a beautiful shot. She likes to blast it and was able to loft a couple up there.”

After playing to a scoreless tie against Signal Mountain last week, Sneller’s team can only watch as Tuesday’s Notre Dame match determines the Lady Chargers’ postseason future. Meanwhile, the Lady Irish can still control their destiny by securing a No. 1 seeding and the right to host the district tournament with a win over Signal Mountain on Tuesday. Accomplishing that, however, will require doing something that Notre Dame struggled to accomplish against CCS.

“We played well and I was happy with that, but it was just kind of frustrating because we had a lot of good chances that we didn’t finish,” Schermerhorn said. “We just couldn’t find the back of the net when we needed to score a goal.”

(E-mail Jaime Barrett at jaimenbarrett@gmail.com)

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