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SMC Soccer: SMC can’t hold on vs. Hope

Alex Barker | Monday, October 6, 2008

For the second time in as many weeks, a Saint Mary’s second-half meltdown led to defeat at the hands of conference foe Hope College.

The Flying Dutch scored an equalizer in the 70th minute to force overtime and netted the game winner a couple of minutes into the second overtime to seal the victory Saturday.

The Belles (1-7-1, 0-2 MIAA) got out to a quick start as they have all season when senior forward Lauren Hinton scored her fourth goal of the season off a pass from junior Colleen Ferguson in the 18th minute. Saint Mary’s failed to convert on any of its final six shots of the game.

Junior Patty Duffy made 10 saves, but Hope’s 20 shots eventually overwhelmed the Saint Mary’s defense.

The game provided more of the same from the Belles, who have struggled in the second half all season. Saint Mary’s has scored in every game this season but are allowing an average of two goals against per game.

The Belles will try to snap their four-game losing streak when they take on Adrian College in Adrian, Mich., on Tuesday.