Time after time Tuesday night, the Corvallis High girls soccer team made a push at the Crescent Valley goal and unleashed a barrage of shots in Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans were turned back empty-handed after every attempt in the Mid-Willamette Conference opener.
The final score: Corvallis 0, Crescent Valley 0.
The teams played two five-minute extra periods for MWC tie-breaking purposes in case of a deadlock in the standings, but neither team was able to score.
CV goalkeeper Tess Rosecrans never wavered and stopped the Spartans.
“Tess had the best game she has ever played tonight,” CV coach Jessica Caze said.
“She’s working hard every day.”
Rosecrans gave credit to her teammates for keeping Corvallis out of the goal.
“I think that we really stuck together as a team,” Rosecrans said. “We tried to keep them out as much as we could but some of the girls are faster and so by staying together as a team we were able to keep them all out.”
Rosecrans and the Raiders (3-4-1 overall, 0-0-1 in MWC) weathered a whirlwind of Corvallis shots during a stretch past the midway point of the second half.
Rosecrans seemed to anticipate each angle.
“I just thought if I was a forward, I was going to shoot toward the right side because the keeper was on the left side,” Rosecrans said. “I just thought like a forward, I guess.”
It was a rough outcome for the Spartans (1-4-2, 0-0-1), who controlled play for most of the game.
“Honestly, I haven’t ever seen a game like that in all my years of coaching,” CHS coach Matt McDonough said. “We had maybe 15 to 20 corner kicks in that game. We probably had 30 shots to their one or two. But that still doesn’t matter in a rivalry game because anything can happen. CV nearly scored and beat us in the last play there.”
The Spartans used quick passes and constant communication to create chances.
Forwards Mylene Gorzynski and Aja Bumpus were often involved in those opportunities.
“We just played our hearts out and the shots didn’t go in. It was unlucky,” Gorzynski said. “We had a lot of good chances and we could have won that. But we played our hearts out and in the end I’m happy with our performance.”
Scoring has been a struggle for the Spartans since the start of the season.
The Spartans went scoreless for the first four games before scoring two in the last two games.
Even though they weren’t able to get a goal against the Raiders, Gorzynski said the play of the offense will give the Spartans confidence going into the rest of the MWC schedule.
“We started a little rusty and for preseason the team was still getting together,” she said. “But now we’re going to start getting a lot of goals, I feel like.”
McDonough said the defensive play of Isabel Yelsa, Marina Arredondo and Camille Miedema was crucial for the Spartans.
“They kept goals out of our net and denied them all opportunities to score,” he said. “CV hardly had any chances today and it was because of our organized defense.”
The Spartans host Lebanon and the Raiders play at South Albany on Thursday.