West Ottawa SC and Aurora FC battled to a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon, leaving both sides level on points near the base of the table after Matchweek 8.
The game was dominated by hard battles in the midfield and outstanding saves by the keepers at both ends of the field.
Both Mollie Eriksson for West Ottawa and Quinn Josiah for Aurora stood tall in one v one situations in the first half.
The second half continued much the same way the first half did, despite Aurora switching their keeper at half-time with Meaghan Phillips continuing where Josiah let off.
Much of the possession by both teams was held in the midfield, with many tough challenges happening and both teams committing fouls.
It wasn't until almost the 80th minute that West Ottawa upped the tempo and began to spend more time in and around Aurora's 18-yard box. This generated several scoring opportunities for West Ottawa, that they were unable to convert.
When Aurora was able to counter, Eriksson came up with several big saves.
With both teams coming off a two week break and the two teams sharing the same one and five record, it was always going to be a tough battle. This tie keeps them level in the standings with Darby FC, the three teams hovering just above last-placed side, Toronto Azzurri Blizzard.
West Ottawa travel to North York on July 14 (3:45 p.m.) to take on last place Toronto Azzurri Blizzard at Azzurri Village Main.
Aurora FC is back in action on July 28 (8 p.m.) at Hershey Centre, Mississauga to take on North Mississauga SC.