The Chilliwack Strikers girls battled the Surrey Ravens to a scoreless draw in U-16 girls soccer action on Sunday.
The Ravens entered the game one point ahead of Chilliwack for first place in their league, but it was the Strikers who looked like the better team.
Sharp passing by Chilliwack kept Surrey pinned in their own end for most of the first half, but the Strikers couldn’t capitalize on their scoring chances.
Forwards Emily Finley, Makayla Pfeifer and Hailey Mainse each missed opportunities.
Chilliwack got aggressive in the second half, switching to a 3-4-3 formation. But Surrey countered by dropping an extra defender back, content to sit on the scoreless tie. The Strikers out-chanced Surrey 5-1 and hit two goal posts, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Any chances the Ravens managed were snuffed out by Chilliwack fullbacks Kelli Whitehead, Jade Emond and Shanelle Brown.
The Strikers are home this weekend to face the Surrey Vipers while they await word on their next Cup opponent.
— Four Strikers (Finley, Mainse, Pfeifer, and keeper Samantha Chand) volunteered to play a second game on Sunday, filling in for missing players on the Chilliwack U-17 Thunder team. With the paperwork in place, they played a pivotal role in helping the older girls gain a 0-0 tie against a strong Aldergrove opponent.