Withering heat and a slew of missed opportunities conspired against the New Jersey Strikers Thursday night as the Burlington-based, under-17 girls' team lost in double overtime, 3-1, to the GSE Cardinals of Ohio in the semifinals of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Phoenix.
According to coach Frank Schillig, New Jersey's team dominated the opening 15 minutes of the 45-minute first half, missing on ``a dozen legitimate scoring chances.''
``People behind the bench told us with the way the game was going, they thought we would win, 4-0,'' Schillig said. ``That's what's so disappointing. We thought we were the better team.''