(CANTON, Ohio) – There's a saying in sports that says the only statistic that matters is the final score. Evidence of the cliché was in abundance at Canton Central Catholic's Lowell Klinefelter Field as Walsh and Malone fought to a scoreless draw.
The Cavaliers (3-1-1, 2-1-1) dominated possession of the ball throughout the full 110 minutes, but the Pioneers (1-3-1, 0-3-1) were able to stave off any offensive attack the Maroon and Gold provided. Walsh took 11 more shots than it did in any previous game this season, but couldn't find the back of the net.
In total, Walsh outshot its rivals to the south 30-4 which included a 10-3 count in shots on goal. The offensive pressure also showed through on corner kicks as the Cavaliers did well in forcing seven set plays compared to the Pioneers' one.
On the opposite end, the defense was impeccable. The Cavs limited Malone to just four shots with three on goal, both season-bests for Walsh. The shutout was Mickey McClanahan's 11th of her career. Walsh has now recorded a clean sheet against 16 of its last 24 opponents dating back to last season and 24 of its last 42 going back to 2016.
Walsh will return to action against Slippery Rock on Saturday for its final non-conference game of the season. It will start a four-game home stand for the Cavaliers. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.