NEW MILFORD — When two evenly matched teams play to a 1-1 tie, it’s only natural for a player to think that their team had the slight edge in play.

“We should have put the game away,” Barlow’s Grace Blackwell said. “We should have finished our chances. That’s the biggest thing we have to work on going into the middle and end of the season. But we worked really hard.”

“I think we definitely should have won,” New Milford’s Jenna Barron said. “I think we were the better team and we played pretty well and should have had more opportunities to win.”

Barron gave her team the lead less than nine minutes into the action on the first shot of the night by either team.

On the play, Jen DiCandido won a 50-50 battle with a Barlow defender and dished to Barron, who quickly played the ball to her right foot and blasted her shot into the right side of the net.

“Jen DiCandido had the ball and she kind of chipped it over, and I just one-timed and it went in,” Barron said.

Just past the midway point of the first half, Barlow drew even when Brett Matzke chipped a pass from the center of the pitch to her right.

Blackwell was waiting. She lobbed a touch shot to her left just under the crossbar and into the back of the New Milford net, tying the game at 1-1.

“It came down from the left side,” Blackwell said. “It came through our forward. She did an amazing ball through their left back and their left-centerback. I took a shot and it sailed right over the goalie. All I really did was finish it; it came through the entire team.”

Late in the first half, DiCandido got the ball deep in the Barlow zone. Shooting from a tough angle, DiCandido sent her shot just high of the crossbar and off of the attached football goalpost.

The Falcons earned a pair of corner kicks late in the first half and nearly scored off of Aymara O’Brien Pappalardo’s second attempt. Pappalardo got the ball to Grace Blackwell, but her low close-range shot was smothered by New Milford goalie Colleen Lynch.

“I think the first half we came out a little quicker, but they brought it back,” New Milford coach Jason Stock said. “They had their opportunities and it was pretty much like that the whole way through. We both had opportunities; it just didn’t fall to either of us.”

With about six minutes remaining in the game, New Milford (1-1-2) earned a free kick from 25 yards away and to the left of the Barlow net. Elizabeth Swanson’s kick bent toward the net, but Barlow (2-0-2) goalie Paige Miller jumped and managed to get both hands on it to swat it out of play.

The ensuing corner kick was caught by Miller.

“I think we kind of cancelled each other out working hard and both going for the win,” Barlow coach Neil Phillips said. “We’re happy to have gone a goal down and reacted the way we did.”

Barlow got one last chance with 45 seconds remaining with a corner kick. The kick came down near Kacey Hartman, but her shot under fire went over the crossbar.

“I’ve been really happy (with the start),” Phillips said. “Just been happy with the attitude of the players. The longer you go undefeated, the more momentum you get.”

“We’ve been working a lot on keeping a good team shape and structure,” Stock said. “They’re doing a good job limiting the other team’s opportunities.”

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BARLOW 1, NEW MILFORD 1

Barlow

1 0 — 1

New Milford

1 0 — 1

Records: Barlow (2-0-2); New Milford (1-1-2)

Goals: B—Grace Blackwell; NM—Jenna Barron. Assists: B—Brett Matzke; NM—Jen DiCandido. Goals: B—Paige Miller (5 saves); NM—Colleen Lynch (3 saves). Shots: B—9; NM—8.