Nothing was settled after 90 minutes of soccer between the two first place teams in the 4A Greater St. Helens League Oct. 9, at Doc Harris Stadium.
The Camas and Union girls game ended in a 0-0 tie.
The Papermakers were the aggressor. Savanna Joyce, Courtney Loewen, Emily Ponce, Mika Norrish, Anyssa DeVera, Jamie Carter and Hailey Rose attacked the net, but had no luck. Carly Marshall, Amanda Kern, Rachel Gibson, DeVera and Rose held up on the back line, and goalkeeper Lauren Rood made five saves.
“We were the dominant team,” said Camas head coach Roland Minder. “We did everything we needed to do except put a ball in the back of the net.”
Union threatened on a free kick from close range in the first half, but Rood dove back into the goal box and came out with the ball in her hands. The freshman showed no fear running out of the box to get to the ball before the Titans could get a shot off.
“I’ve been comfortable with her back there since the start,” Minder said. “You are going to be seeing a lot more from Lauren.”
Joyce kept beating the Union defenders to the ball down field and feeding the Papermakers corner kicks. She was in full stride with the ball before she collided with a defender and her knee buckled.
“Every game is fun when it’s hard work. It’s not always fun when it’s handed to you,” Joyce said. “You have to work hard to get the result you want. I’ll take the hit if I need too.”
It wasn’t long before Joyce was back in the game. She continued to be a step faster than the defenders to the ball.
“Savanna just has incredible work ethic,” Minder said. “She’s a warrior, no question about it.”
The Papermakers took care of business with a 3-0 victory against Skyview Thursday, at Kiggins Bowl. Marshall, Kern and Norrish netted the goals. Diane Dyra delivered two assists, and DeVera added one. Rood grabbed four saves.
Camas (10-1-1, 5-0-1) hosts Battle Ground tonight, faces Heritage Thursday at McKenzie Stadium and hosts Evergreen Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Papermakers then play Union again Thursday, Oct. 25, at McKenzie Stadium.
“Just keep working hard in practice and those results will come out in our games,” Joyce said.