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Central, Red River play to 1-1 tie in girls soccer

Red River's Lily Costello kicks the ball away from Grand Forks Central's Madison Myrold and Ivy Edwards in the first half Thursday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald1 / 4
Red River's Kylie Autrey and Grand Forks Central's Skylar Yarbro work for position during their game Thursday at Cushman Field. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald2 / 4
Red River's Sydney Spivey, right, celebrates her goal with teammate Jessica Lee to give the Riders a 1-0 lead over Grand Forks Central in the first half Thursday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald3 / 4
Red River's Jessica Lee and Grand Forks Central's Mia Macias work for position Thursday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald4 / 4

Neither Grand Forks Central nor Grand Forks Red River left Cushman Field with a win Thursday.

The Roughriders did snap a 24-game losing streak dating back to the end of the 2016 season, however. And Central got a point and some lessons learned after the teams played to a 1-1 tie in girls high school soccer.

"I wouldn't say we're happy with a tie,'' said Central coach George DuBois, whose team is 1-1-1. "We did get a point in the standings. And hopefully we learned some things and can go forward doing a better job of converting chances.''

Red River is 0-2-1 after going 0-18 last season. "There was no pressure on us,'' Roughriders coach Kathy Meagher said. Snapping the losing streak, "I think for the kids is really important. This can build confidence. As coaches, we were always looking forward (during the losing streak).''

Red River took a 1-0 lead into halftime after Sydnee Spivey scored from in front of the net 22:46 into the game. The goal was the second of the season for the Roughriders, matching their scoring total for the entire 2017 season.

"She got a nice assist (from Kylie Autrey) and slid it right in,'' Meagher said. "We've changed some things to utilize our speed and attacking ability. Sydnee can be (a scoring threat).''

It stayed 1-0 until, at the 52:02 mark, Mia Macias shot from a difficult angle from 20 yards out on the right side. The ball hit off the post on the opposite side and deflected into the net. It was the freshman's fourth goal of the season.

"It was a weird angle,'' DuBois said. "Normally you don't see shots from there. I think she was just trying to put the ball on the net.''

Otherwise, it was a game dominated by defenses.

Central goalie Brianna Myrold had only three saves, one of them a diving stop with five minutes left to preserve the tie. Madison Schindler had six saves for the Roughriders. Twice in the final seven minutes, Central had scoring opportunities, but the Knights' shots sailed over the net.

"Those were chances,'' DuBois said. "We felt we created chances in the last 20 minutes. It's disappointing that we didn't do a better job of finishing.''

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