Milford, Souhegan girls battle to 2-2 tie

MILFORD – One hundred minutes of soccer, and the fans were left wanting more.

Souhegan and Milford, a pair of fierce rivals and Division II girls soccer giants battled to a dazzling 2-2 stalemate here on Tuesday night.

All that can be hoped for now is that this thing can get settled, sometime soon.

“We’re second and they’re third right now in the standings,” said Souhegan coach Dan Wyborney. “So if it was going to happen again, it would be in the state semifinals. I think both teams would love it.”

Back it up, just a step. The two clubs put on a show here under the lights.

“It was a great game to be part of,” said Milford coach Russell Matthews. “I’d love to see them again. It’s a friendly rivalry. They both want to go out there and compete. The second half we played a lot better. We showed it.”

Souhegan, which took the previous meeting between the two teams back in September, got the jump on the hosts with the first two goals of the night.

“Each team had their moments when they showed their good stuff,” said Wyborney. “We created our opportunities and we took advantage of them.”

Christa Vordenberg and Charlotte Drake had the goals, with Grace Angulas assisting on the latter.

Down 2-0, Emma Gray would slice the advantage in half before the intermission, a turn of events that would delight the home crowd and energize Milford, which wore its “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” pink home jerseys.

Bre DeGroot would knot the score at 2-2 about 10 minutes into the second half, setting up the final 50 minutes (30 in regular time plus a pair of 10 minute OTs) of scoreless bliss.

Lily Batchelder, in the Souhegan goal had the save of the night, somehow getting to a Milford laser beam that was

targeted for the corner. She also got a little help as another Spartan bullet rang off the crossbar.

At the other end, Katie Lorden was more than up to the task, turning Souhegan away time and again.

When the final whistle was sounded, Souhegan sat at 10-1-2, while Milford stands a point behind at 10-2-1.

Each has a trio of games remaining before the playoffs with Milford hosting Pembroke Friday and Souhegan at Windham on Saturday morning.