NO SEPARATING TEAMS IN PAIR OF DRAMATIC DRAWS ON SECOND DAY OF GIRLS FEATURE GAMES AT 2018 WINTER SHOWCASE

U-16/17: MIDWEST UNITED 1, NC COURAGE 1

Midwest United (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and NC Courage (Raleigh, NC) left it until the final quarter of the game to find the net, but the drama in their Showcase feature game was present throughout the eventual 1-1 draw between the evenly-matched sides. Riley Quinlan looked to have nodded home the winner in the 74th minute, but Regan Dalton leveled for the Michiganders with six minutes remaining to earn a well-deserved point.

The first half consisted of United carrying the play offensively and the Courage using their speed and smarts to create chances on the break. Both goalkeepers did well with the chances they faced throughout the half, as NC Courage's Emily Allen brought her best stuff as the busier of the two. She needed it most in the final minute to deny a great opportunity for Brittney Probst after the Midwest forward had done well to win the ball off Alexandra DelPerno and steal in on goal.

The second half carried on much as the first half had, with NC building out of the back and Midwest creating the majority of the goal-scoring danger. However, it was the Courage that struck first from a free kick near the right corner flag. Paige Tolentino lofted a cross into the six-yard box, and among a forest of players, it was Quinlan who got her head to the ball, nodding it down into the ground to bounce it past Midwest goalkeeper Isabelle Okoroafo into the right side of the goal for the 1-0 lead.

But Midwest United struck back via the same method ten minutes later. Ava Metaj dropped a free kick right on the penalty spot, but Allen, who had been great coming off her line all game was unable to come claim the ball through the mass of players. A missed clearance fell to Dalton near the right post and she made no mistake from close range to equalize 1-1 for Midwest United.

The Michigan side nearly grabbed the winner three minutes later with a cross from near the right corner flag falling neatly for the onrushing Oliva Dault, but her header rang off the crossbar before Allen again made a diving stop to deny the rebound chance and preserve the 1-1 scoreline.

U-15: LEGENDS FC 0, REAL COLORADO 0

Neither side could separate from the other in a 0-0 draw that featured plenty of opportunities to do so for Legends FC (Chino, Calif.) and Real Colorado. Goalkeeper Jordan Nytes played the hero for Colorado, making three big saves in the first half and a handful more in the second to keep a talented Legends attack at bay.

Legends FC was able to muster a good amount of possession in the first half which allowed them to create chances, but Nytes was either on hand to make the save or a defender did well to close down at the last moment. Colorado found offensive outlets through forwards Alexis Robinson and Ajanae Respass, but neither could beat Abigail Ito in net for Legends.

In the second half, Real Colorado was able to get on the ball more and create more dangerous moments. However, it was Legends with the first opportunity of the half - and likely best chance of the game - when Mikayla "KK" Abrenica beat Nytes in a foot race to a ball played into the box and sent a soft shot toward the lower right corner of the vacated net. But Colorado defender Taylor Campbell stuck with the play and got enough of a leg to the shot to deflect it outside of the right post.

From there, a couple chances fell to Colorado, and a headed shot from Respass was goal-bound in the final minutes until being cleared off the line by a Legends defender, which left the sides level at 0-0 when the final whistle sounded.