A furious start was turned into a tenacious stand, as the Coquitlam Metro-Ford under-18 gold girls Phoenix battled North Shore to a 2-2 standstill in minor soccer action.
It only took a couple minutes before Coquitlam's Amy Kirby raced down the wing and crossed to Hannah Healey for the first goal.
Phoenix netminder Tamara Derby then initiated the next marker with a long downfield kick to Kirby, who this time fed Emma Cunningham for the tally. North Shore battled back to earn the draw.
Turning in standout performances were Taylor Bach, Kelly Batchelor and Jen Sardinha.
. It was late and it was dramatic.
Most importantly, Cristina Danieli's marker with five minutes left secured a 1-0 win for the Coquitlam Metro-Ford u-14 tNt in its match with Central City.
The winning goal began with Nicole Chursinoff's throw in to Noelle Everett, who found Danieli speeding to the net.
Making it all possible was goalkeeper Alivia Ungaro, who turned back every Central City shot en route to her fifth shutout of the season.
Supplying stellar defensive support were Anna Muckle and Samantha Pedroso.
They kept pushing and pushing, with only a little goal-luck separating them from the first place Vancouver Roadrunners.
Despite a determined effort, the Port Moody u-18 girls Nitro fell 1-0 in their Div. 1 contest.
Vancouver took the lead in the first half, with the Nitro applying the pressure over the second half for the equalizer.
Julia Basa, Melanie Mayede and Rebecca Tingling set the tone at midfield, while Ally Mandley led the forward push that kept the Roadrunners on their heels much of the game.