SHAPE girls earn road draw at ISB
BRUSSELS, Belgium – Jennifer Dargie converted a penalty kick in the third minute of the game Saturday to help the SHAPE Lady Spartans forge a 1-1 draw against the International School of Brussels Lady Raiders.
Dargie got the score, but most of the credit for the tie went to SHAPE goalkeeper Meghan Fleet, according to ISB coach Neil Allen, who called Fleet’s performance “superb” in a Saturday-night email. Fleet allowed an equalizing goal by Maike Schwarz in the 20th minute, then shut the door.
“Throughout the match she made 10 saves,” Allen wrote of Fleet’s effort. “However, she made five particularly good (saves) in the second half, including a penalty and its follow-up, and then a point-blank save from …Schwarz with just five minutes remaining.”
The tie handed the Region I crown to SHAPE, which is to take a 4-1-1 overall record and a 4-0-1 regional mark into this week’s European Division I tournament Wednesday-Saturday in the Ramstein-Kaiserslautern area. ISB completed its regular season 3-1-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the region. The Lady Raiders, too, are ticketed for this week’s D-I event.
Allen concluded that the draw was a fair outcome.
“It was an excellent game, with SHAPE very strong in the first 10 minutes, with ISB looking nervous,” he wrote. “However, after this, ISB began to dominate the passing in the middle of the pitch and scored a deserved equalizer, with Gabby Markusdottir (ISB’s ‘Lady of the Match’) and …Schwarz combining well. The game really could have gone either way…”