Blanchester, Batavia girls play to 0-0 tie

BLANCHESTER — The Blanchester girls soccer team played Batavia to a 0-0 draw Thursday in Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference crossover action at Barbour Memorial Field.

“The score did not belie the product on the field, however, as the teams combined for some quality play and razor thin misses,” BHS coach Kurt Ballinger said.

Blanchester is 3-1-3 on the year.

Ballinger said Sydney Scott “played a great game and looked dangerous and destined to score all game long with her speed that exploited the Bulldog defense and (Emily) Hinkle commanded the midfield with aplomb.”

Hinkle and Scott appeared to combine on an early score in the match but the goal was waved off because of offside.

Batavia increased its pressure in the second half but Ballinger said BHS keeper Regan Ostermeier “put in a dominant effort in goal.” She had five saves but cut out many more opportunities with her positioning and willingness to come out and end plays before they became a threat,” Ballinger said.

Despite a “frenetic” pace in the final 15 minutes of the match, Ballinger said, neither team was able to score.