Blaze blanked by Wolves 0
The Portage Blaze's attack was hindered again in a 2-0 loss to Wolves United in Winnipeg on Monday. (File photo)
The Portage Blaze went home frustrated once again on Monday night.
The Blaze suffered their fourth shutout of the season against league-leading Wolves United in Winnipeg, this time falling 2-0.
Portage (4-5-4) has held to one goal or fewer in seven of 13 contests this season, which explains the team's struggle to move up the Winnipeg Women's Soccer League first division standings. The club's most successful game of the season, though, came against Wolves United (11-1) in the team's only loss of the season thus far — a 4-1 Portage win at home on June 15.
However, the Wolves were ready for Portage this time around, suffocating the attack and outshooting the Blaze by a ratio of approximately four-to-one, said coach Bryan Mintenko.
"It was 0-0 at halftime, then 10 minutes into the second half, they scored their first," said Mintenko. "With 10 minutes remaining they scored another one, kind of a goalmouth scramble.
"I would say they had 20 shots or so on the night and we only had about five. We just didn't have the ball possession and didn't have much of an attack."
Portage will play its last game of the regular season on Aug. 13 when the Heat visit Republic of Manitobah Park at 7 p.m. Portage will look to avenge a 2-1 loss at the Heat's hands on June 19.
For more, please see Tuesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.