The Virgin Valley High School soccer gals hosted 4-A Basic High School of Henderson Wednesday Sept. 7 at the Mesquite Sports and Events Center. Neither team came away with a victory as the game ended in a 2-2 tie. The Bulldogs behind striker Abbie Barnum came out firing. Barnum struck goal a minute into the match. Taylor Waite had the assist. Four more shots by the host Dawgs in the first few minutes sailed wide or high. The Wolves defense settled down stopping any attempt by the Bulldogs. The Wolves knotted the match 1-1 with a goal at the 12 minute mark of the first half. With seconds remaining in the half, Barnum scored on a pass from freshman Ally Wright. The half ended shortly thereafter with the Dawgs on top 2-1.
The second half was all Wolves as they returned the favor scoring goal before two minutes had expired in the half. With the score knotted at 2-2, defense and the heat took over. The Bulldogs had a huge opportunity to score but Barnum’s kick hit the top bar of the net and fell on the line before the Basic goalkeeper pulled it in. The teams battled evenly the rest of the half. The tie kept the Wolves undefeated so far this year while the Dawgs record went to 0-3-2. “It was a very physical game,” said Bulldog coach Bob Snell. “I’m pleased we didn’t back down against a tough team. It was our best game of the year. On a negative note, we lost two girls due to injuries.” The Bulldogs next three matches are on the road. They return on Sept. 22 to host Chaparral in a Sunrise League matchup.