Conrad’s save helps force 0-0 tie for North and BG girls
NASHUA – You know, of course, the old saying about how a tie is like kissing your sister.
Well, the entire Nashua High School North girls soccer team probably felt like planting one big smooch on Titans sophomore goalie Victoria Conrad after Tuesday night’s 0-0 double overtime deadlock with city rival Bishop Guertin at Stellos Stadium.
Conrad had nine saves, but none more important than when it looked as if BG would almost certainly put one on the board exactly 54 minutes in, diving to her right to snare a ground ball penalty kick off the foot of Cardinal Mary Kate Finn.
“I was expecting it to go in,” an honest Conrad said. “But I was trained by (assistant) coach John (Breda), and he gave me some tips to tell by the hip movements. And I just went with the flow.”
North is now 3-8-1 while Guertin is 4-5-2, but Titans coach Jacqueline Thompson wasn’t disappointed. “I’ll take it as win” she said. “It was nice to have them back, we’ve been in a bit of a slump. … Hopefully now we can continue on our rise.
“(Conrad) just needed that game to build her confidence. She’s had it all season long. I think that (save) was definitely a game-changer for her.”
All Guertin coach Pat Mulcahy could do is smile.
“I thought we created a lot of chances, their goalie played very, very well,” he said. “Obviously on that PK she made a super save. I wish we had it back, but that’s OK. That’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.”
Guertin controlled play in the first half, constantly in front of Conrad, creating more chances. But in the second, both teams had chances, besides the missed penalty kick. Both North’s Ari Dumaine and Emilee Deleo just missed with wide rollers, barely out of the reach of Guertin goalie Erin Morris, who also played well with seven stops.
A Deleo corner with just over five remaining hit the top of the crossbar. And Conrad snagged a Meghan Lord corner in traffic just a couple of minutes earlier.
In the second overtime Guertin’s Natalie Coutu fired one from about 40 yards that looked good, but it was just high.
“We just couldn’t score,” Mulcahy said. “You’ve got to score to win the game. A tie