LINESVILLE - Eisenhower's girls soccer players were disappointed after a 2-2 tie at Conneaut on Thursday, which is a good thing.
After a 3-13 season a year ago, the Lady Knights look to be more competitive this season.
But this is one they wanted to have after a 2-0 lead fizzled late and the overtime went scoreless.
"The kids played very well," said Ike coach Kevin Weigel. "We have injuries. We had five of 27 not able to play due to illness or being away or injury. We actually fought through it."
After a nearly two-hour weather delay, it took another 30 minutes before Eisenhower scored the first goal of the match. Taylor Talasky scored on her own corner kick to make it 1-0 Ike at the half.
Sidney Wallin battled through a near trip in the box and scored early in the second half to make it 2-0 Ike. Wallin showed tremendous courage in playing through an injury.
Conneaut fought back and tied the score later in the second half, and both sides went without a score in overtime.
"The girls looked real good out there controlling the ball moving it around," said Ike coach Kevin Weigel. "They had more subs and with injuries and people getting hurt during the game, we were getting thinner and thinner. We had several girls play all 100 minutes today."
"We had some opportunities still in overcome," said Weigel, adding that Rachel Dinger made a couple saves in overtime. "A couple times Sydney broke through in overtime... but we just couldn't make it happen."
Brooke Stanton, Bizz Baran, Kourtney Knapp, and Erica Littlefield "looked particularly good on defense," said Weigel. "And several freshmen stepped in."