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On a stifling hot summer afternoon, the Kingston Lady Jackets played to the best of their ability, exercising great ball control, controlling the ball for 80 percent of the game and getting 21 shots on goal, but were held to a 0-0 tie by the Clinton Lady Dragons last Thursday.
Clinton was led by a goalie that cannot be a mortal with gazelle-like leaping ability and punts that would make new Tennessee football coach Butch Jones spend a scholarship on the young lady.
“We had 80 percent of the possessions and controlled the ball perfectly, we just need to finish better,” Kingston head coach Travis Pickell said after the game. “A lot of that was first game rust and humid conditions. Clinton had a fantastic goalie and our defense played great.”
Kingston had good opportunities to score in the first half, but the Lady Dragon goalie snatched balls from mid-air with Blake Griffin-esque vertical leaping ability and deflected balls away from the goal with ease. Kingston goalie Erica Ostrander fended off some difficult shots of her own, but the game was deadlocked at 0-0 at the half.
The second half saw Kingston have more opportunities including a wild rugby-style scrum for the ball, but the Lady Dragons avoided the scare to keep the game scoreless.
Kingston had a scare of their own, but fended off the Lady Dragon charge.
The Lady Jackets had last shot, but were snuffed out to have to settle for the 0-0 tie.
Kingston had 21 shots on goal compared to six for Clinton and Erica Ostrander had five saves for the Lady Jackets in the defensive duel.
“If we can play every game the way we did today, we will be just fine,” Pickell stated. “The goals will come in time, we just have to keep playing the way we did today.”
Kingston hosts Harriman Thursday at 7 p.m.