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SMC Soccer: Belles aim to alter poor play

Joe Meixell | Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Looking to get its first MIAA victory of the season, Saint Mary’s will travel to play Adrian today at 4 p.m.

So far this season, the Belles have suffered several close losses and currently sit at 0-2 in the conference and 1-7-1 overall.

Their most recent matchup was Saturday at Hope College which proved to be a fiercely contested match that went into double overtime before the Flying Dutch were able to net the game-winner.

“It was a very well-played game between both teams,” Belles head coach Ryan Crabbe said. “The girls gave an incredible effort following the tying goal and had numerous chances to win the game in the final 15 minutes.”

After Saint Mary’s took a 1-0 lead into the half, Hope tied the game midway through the second half to ultimately force the overtime.

“We played in a more defensive shape in the second half,” Crabbe said. “The tying goal by Hope was one of the better goals scored from a corner kick that I have seen. The difference in overtime was simply getting caught in transition.”

But games like the one against Hope have become a frequent occurrence this season for Saint Mary’s. Nearly every game has hinged on one or two plays.

Senior Lauren Hinton has stepped up as the leading scorer this season with four goals to go along with one assist. Saint Mary’s has also received contributions from its freshman class who have already accounted for three goals and three assists on the season.

A win against Adrian would give the Belles some much needed momentum as they approach the heart of their conference schedule.