The Madison Central girls soccer team rolled to the end of the regular season on an eight-game unbeaten streak.
The Lady Indians (9-5-2) took an early lead but the match ended in a 1-1 draw with Montgomery County (8-9-1) in Richmond on Wednesday.
Central had plenty of chances to seal the win, but couldn’t capitalize.
“It’s frustrating,” Central coach Charlie Hamilton said of the team's opportunities to score. “We are still not finishing. The game should’ve been over before halftime or the early part of the second half…. One goal wasn’t going to be enough — not against a team like (Montgomery County).”
Montgomery County took control early in the first half and got a couple of shots on the Central goal.
Central’s Emry Willis made a diving save and then leapt to deflect and high kick in both of those attempts to keep Montgomery off the board.
After that, the Lady Indians upped their attack and kept the ball on the Montgomery County side for the remainder of the half.
Tristen Hornsby got a good look mid-way through the first half, but the shot hit the right goal post.
Then senior striker Shelbi Morrison narrowly missed the goal after a shot went just inches over the crossbar on the left hand side of the goal.
She made up for it, minutes later.
With nine minutes left in the first half, Morrison settled a pass into the midfield and then got her foot on the ball and sent it sailing past Montgomery County’s keeper.
In the second half, the Lady Indians kept pushing but Montgomery County snuck one past Willis to tie the game with 15 minutes left in regulation.
Central had several more opportunities to score, but couldn’t find the back of the net again.
“The chances were there. We had so many shots at the goal, but when you are one for 15 or 20 — that’s not going to help us win. We create so many opportunities, we just don’t seal the deal and we can’t let teams hang around. That’s how you get a 1-1 tie,” Hamilton said.
The Lady Indians will now look to getting prepared for the 44th District Tournament, where they will face Model Laboratory on Tuesday.
Hamilton said his team will need to buckle down and figure out how turn opportunities into goals.
“We will either (learn to) finish or go home,” Hamilton said of the tournament.