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SMC Soccer: Belles to host Franklin in search of second win

Observer Staff Report | Friday, September 24, 2010

The Belles are preparing to host Franklin Sunday in hopes of securing their second win of the season. Saint Mary’s recently secured their first season victory Sept. 16 off a goal from freshman Jordan Diffenderfer to defeat Illinois Tech 1-0.

But the Belles were not able to keep the streak going, falling short Tuesday 2-0 to Manchester and bring their record to 1-8.

Saint Mary’s will look to freshman midfielder Mollie Valencia and junior forward Katelyn Tondo-Steele for offensive production. In addition, Saint Mary’s will hope to improve its second-half defense, as two-thirds of the goals the Belles have allowed have come after the halftime break.A large part of improving second-half play will be decreasing the number of fouls the Belles commit.

The Grizzlies (3-3) are coming off a recent string of losses, the last being to the Belles conference foe Trine. Saint Mary’s hopes to capitalize on those losses when they host Franklin at 2 p.m. Sunday.