Mount Airy and East Surry battled through two 10-minute overtimes before finishing in a 3-all tie Saturday.
The soccer teams played for 100 minutes without a victor.
“Our team played four and a half games in one week,” said Bear Coach Will Hurley. Because of rainouts, the Bears played three other games in the past week before this marathon match.
The girls were exhausted but never gave up, he said.
East Surry went up 2-0 in the first half, and the team could have quit, but the girls kept hustling, he said.
In the second half, Maria Rodriguez scored her first goal of the year to make it 2-1.
Then co-captain Lindsay Castevens booted in a free kick from about 30 yards out to tie the match.
In the first extra period, the Lady Cardinals scored to go up 3-2. By rule, however, the teams continue until both 10-minute periods are complete. In that extra frame, Hannah Hall assisted Castevens for the tying goal.
The Bears were playing without keeper Morgan Hawks, who left Friday’s game with a neck injury. Hurley said Hawks was examined Friday night. Then on Saturday, she was very sore and would be following up with her doctor this week.
Summer Hamilton stepped in as keeper and made 17 saves.
There were three times the Cards were making a throw-in from the side, and Summer snatched it out of the air like she did grabbing rebounds for the basketball team, said Hurley.
Keeping pace on the other side was East’s Jacquelyn Holshouser, who stopped a dozen shots.
“Coach Bill Hart does a really good job with those girls,” said Hurley.
“This was a great all-around team effort,” he said. “The girls played so hard.”
This game was a makeup from a March 23 date. The two teams face off again at East Surry on Tuesday for their second match.
The Bears have three more games this coming week, so that’s seven games in two weeks, noted Hurley.