Blan girl, Williamsburg play to 1-1 draw

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BLANCHESTER — For the fifth time this season, the Blanchester girls soccer team played to a draw.

On Thursday against Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference National Division rival Williamsburg, Blanchester came away with a 1-1 decision in a match halted with six minutes to play in the second half.

The match was delayed at the start by a storm rumbling through the area, coach Kurt Ballinger said.

Because the match entered the second half, it is considered a complete match according to Ohio High School Athletic Association rules, Ballinger said.

Once the match started, Williamsburg scored on a Hope Schaljo chip shot outside the box within the first five minutes to take a 1-0 lead.

But Blanchester responded quickly thanks to a handball in the box, Ballinger said. Emily Hinkle cashed in the penalty kick to tie the match at 1-1.

Both teams traded counter-attacks in the slick conditions, Ballinger said. BHS goalkeeper Regan Ostermeier was called on to make a spectacular one-on-one save following a BHS defensive slip.

Blanchester had eight shots and Williamsburg took nine, Ballinger said. Sierra Drake and Taylor McQuitty had nears misses for Blan.

Savanna Greene led the BHS defensive effort, the BHS coach said.

The Ladycats are now 5-1-5 overall and 4-0-4 in the National Division. BHS is in first place in the division.

Williamsburg is 5-2-4 overall and 4-1-3 in the National Division. The Wildcats are in second place.

The boys game scheduled for Thursday night following the girls game was postponed. No makeup date had been set.

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