Such was just the word of the long night, made even longer still by yet another weather-related delay, by the varsity boys high school soccer teams hailing from a pair of local boot camps.

The duo of Mooresville High School and cross-town opponent Pine Lake Prep tangled through a scoreless 0-0 tie in what was the only regular-season meeting on tap between the two non-conference foes.

The shutout secured on the part of both parties was held on the Blue Devil’s home Coach Joe Popp Stadium field and was played late Thursday evening. Play was also delayed from the scheduled start by the presence of another strong storm system passing through the area.

The two teams, each using the appearance to also draw their respective first full phase of regular-season play to a close, were originally slated to square off one night earlier. However, following the playing of that night’s junior varsity match, a severe summer storm hit the area that came complete with a recorded on-site lightning strike. As a result, the action was postponed to the following night.

Then, both teams wound up being unable to dent the other’s defensive display to fashion the draw. By mutual agreement, and after play was also pushed back nearly an hour later than its scheduled start time, the pair did not extend play long enough to break the scoreless tie.

The outing accounted for the delayed season debut by Mooresville, thus placing the Devils at the 0-0-1 mark for the very early segment of the season’s schedule heading back into this week’s play.

As for Pine Lake, the Pride endured the silencing in what was their second such showing of the still young season. PLP christened its campaign earlier in the week with a 3-0 besting of North Mecklenburg.

As a result, Pine Lake returns to the field this week owning the 1-0-1 overall record.

With defense dominating the scene, Mooresville starting keeper sophomore Ben Burger matched wits with Pine Lake senior gatekeeper Patrick Hannagan to duplicate the respective shutout showings serving to anchor their teams’ defensive stands.

While the Devils’ Burger logged in with his first blank job, it was the second straight time that the Pride’s Hannagan kept an opponent from scoring.

In the week’s earlier outing against North Meck, PLP’s Hannagan racked up five saves when keeping the latter’s Vikings in check from start to finish.

Also during that previous performance by Pine Lake, the Pride’s Griffin Nixdorf struck for a pair of goals while teammate Luke White knocked in a solo shot and also chimed in with an assist as well. Additionally for the winning Pride, the twosome of team captains Calvin Brownewell and Cole Krehnbrink each chimed in with an assist.

Both teams are back on the pitch this week.

Mooresville is on track to play the maximum number of three matches allowed when following up Monday’s scheduled visit to Concord to face off against Central Cabarrus by turning right around the next day to travel to West Rowan. The Devils then wrap up the week back at home against Winston Salem’s R.J. Reynolds Thursday night.

As for Pine Like, it stays put in the midst of a season-opening and longest road trip of the entire season when taking on host Lake Norman Charter on Monday before making its first homefield appearance by playing host to Starmount the following Wednesday evening.

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