TOWNSEND - A brisk, winter chill overtook John E. Young Memorial Field Wednesday night, as the Lady Patriots hosted Oakmont on senior night. While both the Lady Spartans and North Middlesex had a bevy of chances at goal, neither side was able to hammer one home, thus resulting in a 0-0 draw.
However, the game could have ended in a 1-0 decision in favor of North Middlesex, if the officials hadn't reversed a goal in the 31st minute by junior striker, Gabby Trust.
"I have not seen them reverse a call, but I believe that was the proper call," North Middlesex head coach Charlie Valacer said. "So, more-and-more the officials are getting together and making the call. It took some time, and we thought we had it there."
United States Navy bound North Middlesex senior goalkeeper, Julia Murray, stopped 10 shots in her final match on John E. Young pitch.
"Julia Murray is something special," the coach said. "She has had some games where she has kept us in a lot of games through the years. It was a little bittersweet. She is moving on into the Navy."
Oakmont sophomore forward Julia Rembetsy-Brown connected on a whistling chip-shot from the right flank in the 10th minute, but Murray was able to come out of her box and smother the attempt.
11 minutes later, sophomore striker Julia Sheehan walloped a blistering shot off the top of the crossbar from 20-yards out. Following the goal-kick, Oakmont created a run of its own down the left side of the pitch.
Oakmont attacker Skyler Alves side-winded a shot towards the left side of the net, but Murray ranged to her right and made the diving save to preserve the shutout.
And, that is when North Middlesex's best run of the match happened. Murray blasted the ball downfield, where she found Callahan on the right touchline.
Callahan pushed the ball hard down toward the right-corner flag, but she was tripped up by Oakmont senior defender, Haylee Maciel, which set-up an indirect free kick from the corner of the 18-yard box.
Callahan sprayed the ball in towards the mouth of the goal, where she connected with Trust, who beat Oakmont goalkeeper Kayla Rocheleau left-side in the 31st minute.
Trust appeared to be about three-to-five yards offsides on the play, but the side official ruled it was a goal. Following a protest from the Oakmont sideline, the two officials converged at midfield and reversed the call, much to the chagrin of the North Middlesex supporters.
In the 35th minute, Rembetsy-Brown airmailed a shot off of the right goal post. Murray reacted quickly to the deflected shot and cleared it out of danger.
Julia Sheehan was fouled inside the box by a pair of Lady Spartan defenders, which resulted in a penalty kick. Julia Sheehan failed to get any curve on the ball and blasted it straight at the chest of Rocheleau with 2:30 remaining in the half.
The chances were limited in the second half as Oakmont out-shot the Lady Patriots, 3-2. Callahan and Julia Sheehan created some runs for North Middlesex late in the match, but the hosts failed to put quality shots on net.
North Middlesex said its final farewell to its seniors, defenders Lauren Sheehan, Emily Morgan, Lauren Foley and its standout goalkeeper, Murray.
"Two of the captains have played all four years on varsity," he said. "The other two have definitely helped the program."