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Both teams say theyll be ready for the coming playoffs

ROCK CREEK — With everything on the line — including league championships and state playoff berths — the Westview and Southridge girls soccer teams went at it hammer and tong on Monday night.

Both teams took their best shots on Monday night at Westview High School, and both teams stopped those shots too, the Wildcats and Skyhawks being forced to settle for a 0-0 tie in the next-to-last match of the 2012 Metro League season.

by: MILES VANCE - HEAD GAMES - Westview's Mallory Ashcraft makes a header during her team's 0-0 tie against Southridge at Westview High School on Oct. 18 at Westview High School.

The result left Westview at 5-2-2 in league and guaranteed Westview a second-place finish, while Southridge moved to 3-4-2 and remained in third place, just a point ahead of Sunset.

“Last night was probably our most complete game” of the year, said Westview coach Chris Martin. “I feel we dominated from start to finish, (but we just) had trouble scoring.”

For their part, the Skyhawks were just happy that they had successfully addressed some of their defensive concerns in the tie against the Wildcats.

“One of our goals going into the playoffs was to tighten up or defense in the back third,” said Southridge coach Jeff Lim. “Westview put us under pressure throughout the game, but our defense was able to limit really good looks inside the penalty box.”

While both teams had their chances in the first half, Westview came very, very close — twice — to getting the score that would have won the game. First, Laura Camp hammered a hard shot from 20 yards out that Skyhawk keeper Brenna Barry stopped 24 minutes into the contest, the second when Jadyn MacMillan made a run up the left end line then sent the ball across to Allison Messenger whose shot was deflected away by Barry midway through the half.

Southridge's best chance to score in the first half came when Hayley DeBois made a run up the center of the field, then passed the ball to Maddie O'Billovich, whose hard shot was knocked away by Westview keeper Rachel Lusby.

Defense ruled again in the second half, with Barry and the Southridge back line stepping up to shut down Westview's offense in the match's final 40 minutes, while Lusby and her “D” followed suit for the Wildcats.

Southridge's best chance of the second half came midway through the second half when Sydney Castillo got a good look from 16 yards out in front of the net, but Lusby came through with the stop to keep the match scoreless.

“We created a few nice chances but we did not generate much from them,” Lim said. “We were not very sharp with the ball from the start which made it very difficult for us to get a good rhythm going throughout the game. Fortunately, our defense was tidy enough to keep Westview from scoring as well.”

The Wildcats, meanwhile, reveled in the fact that the team was healthy for the first time in a month and expected that their renewed lineup would serve them well in the second season.

“This was the first game in about a month that we had every player available to play,” Martin said. “Jadyn McMillan had a strong game and has helped our offense tremendously since returning from an ankle injury that kept her out the past three weeks.”

In the final round of league play, Southridge plays at Aloha at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday), while Westview hosts Sunset at 7 p.m. tonight.

To see a complete photo gallery from this game, please go to www.milesvance.exposuremanager.com.

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