VALRICO — Balls bounced off the posts. Others trickled just wide of the net. But in the end, Alonso and Bloomingdale will have to wait a few more days to get a goal.
The Bulls and Ravens played to a scoreless tie Friday night, cementing both teams' position in the Class 6A, District 8 tournament, which begins Jan. 18. Alonso, seeded No. 2, and Bloomingdale, No. 3, will meet in the semifinals.
"Both teams had chances," Bloomingdale coach Sue Peet said. "I thought we had the better of the chances but didn't get one in."
Alonso, which beat No. 1 Plant on Wednesday, lost 2-1 to Bloomingdale on Sept. 19 in the teams' other meeting this season. The Ravens, 11-2-2 after going 5-8-1 in 2009-10, outshot Bloomingdale 6-5.
"These girls have a lot to be proud of, and they're looking forward to districts," Alonso coach Kate Tancrell said. "I'm very confident we'll have a positive outcome (against Bloomingdale)."
Alonso's Julia Atenza had the game's first serious threat when she fired low and to the right of diving goalkeeper Melissa Jasczak. The junior got her hands on it, and the ball trickled along the goal line before being cleared.
The Ravens' most dangerous opportunity came when Kaytie Layton rolled a defender off her back and banged a screamer off the left post in the 51st minute.
"We just couldn't find the back of the net," Tancrell said.
Bloomingdale (8-5-1), which has just one senior, had a few shots sail wide. And Elyse Fontecchio's blast from the top of the 18-yard box that caromed off the post was its best opportunity.