It was a frustrating day for Fenwick senior Meghan Blank.
Blank had just missed a pair of chances in the first half against Badin in the matchup of two the top 10 teams in the Division III state rankings
Trailing the 10th-ranked Rams with two minutes left in the game, Blank broke in on Badin keeper McKenzie Eagan, but went down in the box.
“I was confident that shot was going to be a goal,” Blank said. “I was so focused. After missing at the beginning of the match, it made me more focused.”
A penalty kick was called and Blank banged the ball into the lower right corner of the net to give Fenwick — ranked No. 3 — a 1-1 draw.
“It was frustrating,” Blank said. “Badin is a strong team and every time we play them, they are ready to play and really intense. I just had to stay composed … that is something I am working on. You have to be composed when the pressure is on you the most…”
After almost 60 minutes of scoreless soccer, Badin jumped on the board when Malia Berkley bent a shot just inside the far post from 25 yards out for her 10th goal of the season.
“I could feel it going in,” said Berkley, a freshman. “I knew where the keeper was and I aimed for the far post so it would curve in.”
Blank just missed giving Fenwick the lead twice in the first half, both times taking through balls that were just a yard too far for her to get to before the keeper.
“We got some chronic finishing problems,” Fenwick coach Kate Gallo said after her squad improved to 6-0-2 and 1-0-1 in the Girls Greater Cincinnati League. “We are working on it, but we have had plenty of opportunities this year. Hopefully, we are saving them for a better time.”
Berkley had Badin’s best chance in the first half with less than a minute left, ripping a shot from 40-yards out that Falcons keeper Jenni Rossi had to go on her tip toes to haul in and keep the game scoreless at the break.
“I don’t think anyone controlled the game right off the bat,” Badin coach Stave Tabar said after his team moved to 8-0-1 and 2-0-1. “Both teams sat back, but once they settled in, the intensity picked up.”