Who is the best girls soccer team in District 7-AAA?
The verdict is still out.
Siegel and Oakland battled to a 0-0 tie Tuesday night at Oakland’s Patriot Field in a match-up of the county’s top two programs.
The two have been the top two teams in the district the past two years and are on a course to make it a third.
“I don’t like ties,” Siegel senior Emily Williams said. “But I thought we worked hard.”
Both teams took turns dominating a half of soccer from an offensive standpoint.
Oakland came out the aggressor in the first half, winning the overwhelming majority of the 50-50 balls. But the Lady Patriots couldn’t find a crease in Siegel’s defense.
Siegel’s offense picked up its intensity in the second half and pressured Oakland’s defenders, almost scoring twice in the final 1:30. But like the Lady Stars in the first half, Oakland’s defense never buckled.
“We pressed them and outplayed them in the first half,” Oakland coach Jeff Boynton said. “I think they came out and pressed us and outplayed us in the second half. If either one of us would have had a full game of the halves that we played you probably would have seen a goal or two.”
And both teams have shown a flare for offense in District 7-AAA play.
Siegel (7-2-3 overall, 3-0-1 in District 7-AAA) has outscored its four conference opponents 12-0. The Lady Stars host Smyrna (7-3-1, 1-1-1) on Thursday in their final conference game.
Oakland (6-4-3, 2-0-1) has outscored its first three district opponents 11-0 and play at Blackman (Oct. 9) and host Riverdale (Oct. 11).
But this meeting was all about defense.
“We tried to stay composed,” Williams said. “We had to watch each others backs.”
Both teams could meet again this season, potentially in the District 7-AAA tournament and possibly in the Region 4-AAA tournament. While their regular-season meeing ended scoreless, both coaches said they learned a lot about each other.
“This is really a game that will be decided by who wants it more,” Siegel coach Eric Shelton said. “That sounds cliché, but we play a similar formation so tactically there isn’t many considerations to make. We just have to bring it for 80 minutes and capitalize on your opportunities.”
Siegel’s Emma Adcock had a scoring opportunity late deep in the Lady Patriots’ side. But as Adcock attempted to gain control of the ball, Lady Patriot defender Shelby Coleman swooped in and snagged it from her.
“They have a quick offense, but we have a quick defense,” Coleman said. “The talent was equal for sure. It was a hard game. They made us work for sure.”
Coleman acknowedged that the Lady Patriots had some scoring opportunities that slipped past them in the first half.
“It’s frustrating for sure,” Coleman said. “That’s something we can work on until the next game and games ahead — not just Siegel.”