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Belles’ defense shines on wet Olivet field

Dan Tapetillo | Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Despite the terrible field conditions, Saint Mary’s was able to come away with not only another victory but also its first shutout of the season.

The Belles had to overcome patches of water and mud to defeat Olivet College 3-0 Tuesday night.

The win puts the Belles at 6-4-3 in the conference and 10-5-3 overall.

“It was a swamp, but we just had to adjust,” Saint Mary’s sweeper Carrie Orr said.

Saint Mary’s appeared to adjust well as the Belles led early in the first half after Orr scored the first goal of the game off a penalty kick.

Saint Mary’s continued to look strong and dictate the game as the Belles came back to find their second goal of the half. The leading scorer for Saint Mary’s, freshman Carolyn Logan, found her sixth goal of the season off an assist by Sarah Budd.

In the second half of play, the offense showed no sign of fatigue as Saint Mary’s scored their final goal of the game off a long-range kick from freshman Ashley Hinton.

“We came to play, and we played tough,” Logan said.

But Saint Mary’s could not have come away with the win without the stellar defense that has turned out to be a major highlight for the team this season.

“Our defense did not allow any goals, and Katie Taylor continues to be the most consistent player,” Orr said.

Saint Mary’s hopes it can depend upon another strong performance from the defense when playing against its next opponent, Calvin College.

Calvin is currently tied for first with Hope College in the MIAA standings and the game against Saint Mary’s is critical. But Saint Mary’s does to intend to see different results from Tuesday night’s win.

“We have had a good season and we just want to finish strong,” Orr said.