LUTZ — Freedom couldn't capitalize on its opportunities and Steinbrenner remained undefeated as the Patriots and Warriors endured wet, blustery conditions for a scoreless draw Friday.
"We had our chances," Freedom coach Chris Hinkle said. "But that's been our vice all year. We outshoot teams but can't get it in goal."
Freedom (6-4-2) has scored just 24 goals in its six wins and two ties while Steinbrenner (7-0-2) has poured in 55 goals in seven wins and two draws. The Patriots outshot Sickles 16-1 — including a penalty kick — in a scoreless draw with the Gryphons on Wednesday and 18-2 in a 1-0 loss to Hillsborough on Dec. 1.
"We have to find someone who is going to step up and score before districts start," Hinkle said.
Steinbrenner, a first-year program with no seniors on the roster, had scored eight or more goals in six of its seven matches heading into Friday. However, four matches in five days took its toll on the Warriors and the team struggled creating chances against Freedom.
"I think they were a little worn down," Steinbrenner coach Teresa Patterson said. "But I think you also have to credit Freedom because they did a good job defensively against us."
Patterson credited the local youth programs with the young Warriors' early success.
"The club teams have done such a good job with these kids," Patterson said. "Now it's just getting them to integrate into their roles on this team."
As for Friday, the best two chances came off the boot of Freedom's Jenna Stiling. Delaina Archer twice found a cutting Stiling inside the Patriots' box, but Warriors keeper Courtney Keene turned away both point-blank shots.
"(Keene) came up huge tonight," Patterson said. "She hadn't been tested that much this season, but she did a great job coming off her line."