Despite strong attack, Washington women unable to cage Bears

CHESTERTOWN — The Shore ladies pitched a tent in the attacking end Saturday night, but failed to put the ball in the back of the net.

They were unable to get around Ursinus goalie Maddie Nau, who came up with 10 saves to deny Washington its second Centennial Conference victory.

The two sides played to a scoreless draw, despite an uneven match-up.

Washington (4-2-3, 1-1-1 CC) got off 24 shots and forced nine corners, while Ursinus (4-3-3, 0-1-2) had four shots and three corners.

Shore sophomore Hailey Sharpe needed to make only one save, in the 53rd minute on a shot by Clara Rago, to preserve the clean sheet.

Nau was credited with seven saves in the opening half, including two in the span of 31 seconds on a pair of shots by Audrey Flanagan in the 14th minute.

Washington almost broke through in the 75th minute. Following a corner kick by Kayla Streett, the ball bounced around in the box and ultimately Amity Harrington leaned in with her head to put a shot on frame that was cleared off the line by the Ursinus defense.

In the 82nd minute, Ursinus’ Paige Flaugh booted a shot from long distance that sailed over the crossbar.

Washington’s Reagan Longridge (blocked) and Streett (wide right) fired off shots 7 seconds apart in the 88th minute.

The stalemate almost came to an end with only 44 seconds remaining when  Ursinus was awarded a free kick — and Washington was issued a yellow card — after Rago was tripped just outside the box. But the Bears were unable to get off a shot before time expired.

Ursinus has shut out five opponents this season, including a scoreless tie at conference rival McDaniel on Sept. 16.

In their last four matches, the Shore ladies are 2-0-2 and have given up just one goal. The unbeaten streak began Sept. 20 with a 1-0 triumph over their conference rivals from Bryn Mawr.

 

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