Aurora United FC held 2015 L1 Cup champions North Miss to a 1-1 draw, getting their second draw out of three matches.
"The girls gave a great effort, gave 100%, followed instructions," said Aurora head coach, Ramin Mohammadi.
"They're tired, but defensively they did very well. North Miss is a great team, we know the players and they are great individuals, very technical. But our girls did great, stayed together defensively, very compact. We thought they did very well."
North Miss' Oshay Lawes started the match where she has left off in previous, terrorizing the back four and causing all kinds of headaches in the attacking third.
But as Aurora bunked in and nullified the threat, the home side became more and more confident in the match.
The first half developed into a midfield battle, at times chippy, and it suited the nature of the contest that the opener would come from a scrabble in the Aurora box. Kylee Bertrand (39') would recognize the opportunity within the chaos and put away the finish.
Aurora's organization and discipline payed off when Alex Rawson (48') stuck the equalizer just after the half-time break.
As the second half drew on, North Miss became more and more the dominant party, but could not find a solution to Aurora's defensive solidity, and the consistently safe hands of Aurora and Canada U17 GK Marissa Zucchetto.
"It's a recurring issue for us," said North Miss technical director, Trevor Bertrand. "Last couple games, umpteen chances, same today."
"I thought we deserved the win to be honest, our keeper blundered and they capitalized," he added.
"Kudos to them but there were so many opportunities for us to put the ball in the net and it just couldn't be done. Frustrating, but we will go back to the drawing board again."