The Astoria girls soccer program has had plenty of bad starts (1-4 in 2016, 0-8 in 2015, 0-5 in 2014, etc.), but not a lot of good ones.
That’s why — despite a tie Tuesday night at CMH Field — the 2018 season is still shaping up to be their year.
Tuesday’s 0-0 tie with Corbett has the Lady Fishermen 2-0-1 overall, still one of the best-ever starts in the history of the Astoria program.
Astoria can make it official with wins in its next two nonleague games against Cottage Grove and Elmira, who are a combined 1-4.
Meanwhile, Tuesday’s game had “scoreless tie” written all over it.
With Corbett’s short, controlled passing game against Astoria’s speed, the Cardinals and Fishermen were evenly matched and locked in a standoff. And neither team’s defense gave an inch.
Astoria had a slight edge in shots on goal in the first half (4-to-1), but no serious threats, outside of a shot by Taileigh Cole midway through the half that was saved by Hannah Evans, Corbett’s freshman goalkeeper.
Corbett’s Layel Parker had a free kick attempt that was stopped by Astoria keeper Shelby Rasmussen, the only save she had to make in the first half.
Rasmussen had a little more work to do in the second half. She was able to save a long, rainbow shot by Corbett’s Mya Andyke, and stopped another attempt from Sarah McMichael with 15:50 remaining.
At the other end, Astoria had consecutive shot-on-goal attempts from Elle Espelien and Hayley Kelley, both stopped by Evans, while a shot by Cole from 10 yards out off a corner kick sailed wide right.
Kelley made a big stop on defense in the 73rd minute, when the Cards found themselves on a breakaway.
Astoria’s speed on the back line and in the midfield thwarted any plays set up by the Cardinals, as Nara Van De Grift, Andrea Harris and Maddie Sisley used their track abilities to shut down the Corbett passing game.
The Fishermen play Saturday (1:30 p.m.) at Cottage Grove, followed by a home contest next Tuesday vs. Elmira.