College Park, GA
Starr's Mill traveled to College Park Friday night for a varsity doubleheader at Woodward Academy and came home with a point after a 0-0 tie. Despite controlling play and maintaining an advantage most of the game the Panthers failed to dent the scoreboard. Chloe Spradlin made good use of her time in the midfield with three clear chances in the first have but was denied by the keeper on one occasion and just missed on two others. Katelyn LaRusso, Meritt Parker, Rachel Davison and Ansley Peurifoy each found opportunity but couldn't convert with the finishing touch. The team closed the half on top but even on the scoreboard at 0-0.
The second half introduced a strong wind and a stronger Woodward. Woodward were more direct and with the wind at their backs they kept the pressure on Starr's Mill for much of the opening minutes. Ashton Nowicki, Lauren Avidano, Sky Dedrick and Sara Biddle were more than up to the task as they limited the opposition's chances to crosses and long shots which only called on keeper Spencer Dawson once to make a save. Slowly the Panthers began to get more a hold of the game with Rachel Davison, Makira Walton, and Quin Nowicki providing options for the team. Spradlin continued her fine form in the attacking end with Parker also keeping options open. Parker found LaRusso with a great cross which she finished coolly before the flag went up to deny the advantage. Alivia Sapienza came on and provided pace and directness latching onto two through balls but hitting one just wide with another saved by the keeper. The final seconds ticked off as Starr's Mill defended one more Woodward advance and the honors were even at 0-0.
The tie leaves Starr's Mill level on the season at 5-5-1 overall and 2-0-0 in the region sitting in 4th place. The team recorded its 5th shutout in 7 matches with Dawson going the distance and the defense allowing only three shots. The Panthers travel to Fayetteville on Tuesday to take on the currently third seeded Fayette Co Tigers who have already clinched a spot in the 2017 5A state playoffs. The teams open a varsity doubleheader at 5:30 with the boys to follow at 7:30. Come out and support your Panthers!