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SMC Soccer: Belles face conference foe Alma

MAIJA GUSTIN | Friday, October 1, 2010

The Belles face their second MIAA conference opponent, Alma, on the road tomorrow at Scotland Yard in Alma, Mich. The game is part of Alma’s Kick for a Cure campaign to raise breast cancer awareness.

The Belles (2-9, 0-1 MIAA) suffered a tough 3-0 defeat against No. 12 Calvin (8-1-1) Wednesday. Saint Mary’s saw eight saves by sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Walsh and three saved by junior goalkeeper Kristen Nelson, who entered in the second period. On the offensive end, freshman Ellie Jacques had two attempts but only one shot on net.

The Scots are coming off a home win against Olivet College that saw goals by freshman Autumn Root, junior Allie Meurer and senior Elaine Cunningham. Alma outshot Olivet 26-7, including 9-5 on net.

The Belles look to come on strong early against a competitive Alma squad.

“Our shape, positioning and intensity were all great,” Belles coach Michael Joyce said. “We’ll need to deal with high pressure, defending a little better and keep our composure a little when we’ve got the ball.”

The Belles face off against the Scots Saturday at 12  p.m.