SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Defense ruled the day Thursday as the Vikings girls soccer team battled the Old Bridge Knights to a scoreless, double overtime tie.

“I think today we were zoned in and knew what we had to do. We knew that Old Bridge wasn’t going to be easy and we needed to give this game everything we had,” Viking Riley Ratcliffe said after the match. “Today we worked hard until the very last minute and even a couple men down we proved to ourselves and to them that we weren't going down without a fight.”

With South Brunswick starting goalie Sydney Schnieder out with an injury, Kate Mastro stepped up and saved 10 of the 15 Old Bridge shots to keep the Knights out of the net through two halves of regulation play and two overtime periods.

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On the other side, Knight Goalie Nicole Carbone did her job to keep the Vikings scoreless during the marathon match, saving eight of the 12 South Brunswick shots.

“We never gave up as a team and that shows our character as players. The more games we play the better we get and today everyone did their job,” South Brunswick’s Samantha Rivera said. “When everyone does their job on the field we become dangerous and that's how we are going to get success.”

Old Bridge goes to 4-2-1 while the Vikings go to 2-3-1.

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