Cross-town rivals battle to scoreless draw

Oct. 1, 2013

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. - It was only fitting that the Kick for the Cure match against Rose-Hulman, benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation and celebrating Amanda Loebker’s mother’s victory over cancer, would be a great one. From the opening whistle, it was beautiful soccer in both ends of the field, with neither SMWC or Rose-Hulman being able to put away the match. After two overtimes, it ended in a 0-0 draw.

The Fightin’ Engineers came into the match at 4-2-3, having drawn with NCAA Div. III power Centre College a week before and having lost only once to the Pomeroys in the history of the programs. The Pomeroys were coming off a lesson from Hanover College, but rose to the occasion today, playing the best full match ever put on by a Pomeroy team and showing that they have good reason to believe in the talent of this group. Possession was fairly even in the first half, with the Fightin’ Engineers and the Pomeroys both playing very well through the center of the field but also defending very well. The Pomeroys ended up with a small edge in possession, but the Fightin’ Engineers put four of their five shots on goal compared to the Pomeroys’ four shots, none of which were on frame, though two were chances in which the Fightin Engineers’ fine goalkeeper, Lucy Combs, had come out hard to cut the angle and Amanda Loebker was able to get a touch over her but not into the net.

The second half began slightly in favor of the Engineers, but the Pomeroys began to take over control of possession by ten minutes in and found their stride in attacking, putting together 29 trips into the attacking third for the half. The Pomeroys outshot the Engineers 8-6 for the half, putting five of those shots on frame. Lucy Combs came up big for the Engineers, deflecting two shots that could easily have found the net. Samantha Morrison bent a left-footer to the top left corner, only to have Combs tip it over the bar, and Kylee White got around the Engineer defense on the right side to hit a point-blank drive that Combs was also able to parry. The half ended without a score and brought on the overtime.

In two hard-fought overtime periods, each team created one shot, the Pomeroys’ on goal. The Fightin’ Engineer effort was driven past Georgie Macy, who had come out off her line, but was blocked brilliantly by Dulce Chavez’s leaping header.  In the end, neither team could find the clincher, and the match ended 0-0. It was Georgie Macy’s third shutout of the season and marked the return of Dulce Chavez to the center of the Pomeroy defense after missing the Hanover match with a concussion.

The Pomeroys are now 3-3-1 and will host West Virginia Institute of Technology on Sunday, October 6.