APPLETON (WLUK) -- This spring maybe the most fascinating conference race is in the Fox Valley Association where no one team has separated itself from the pack.
Thursday there was a thought some separation may occur when Kimberly and Appleton North, each without an FVA loss, could send a message.
After 90 minutes, the sky is still cloudy in the FVA.
The FVA powers batted to a 1-1 tie on goals by Elsi Twombly (Kimberly) and Abbie Schaefer (Appleton North) so neither team lost ground or gained.
"North is good, they fly to the ball; they're fast, physical," Kimberly coach Andrew Sutton said. "They move the ball well, they play, I think, similar to us. The goalie made two amazing saves. We hit the post. They had some great shots as well. I was proud of them."
"It could've gone either way," North coach Chelsea Daun said. "It's a great rivalry game. Kimberly played well. It's an awesome tie."
With the tie, North is 4-0-2 in the FVA, Kimberly is 3-0-2, East is 3-0-2, Fond du Lac is 4-1 and West is 4-2.
Ironically, North, Kimberly and East have showed no separation against each other. North tied Kimberly and East by the same 1-1 scores and Kimberly tied East 1-1.
Kimberly still has to play West and Fond du Lac, while North still has to play Fond du Lac and East also has to play Fond du Lac.
Much has to be decided.
"That logjam at the top with us and North and (Appleton) East, it'll be interesting to see if it plays out that way or if somebody gets knocked off and there's some separation, but it's tight at the top," Sutton said. "From what I've seen from East and North, I don't know if I see that changing."
"We have a pretty tough conference," Daun said. "East battled tough against us, (Appleton) West battled hard against us, now Kimberly. It'll be interesting to see how things play out the rest of the season."
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