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SMC Soccer: Belles drops 8th straight at Titans

Sam Davis | Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Belles’ struggles on offense, which have plagued them for most of the season, were too much to overcome as they dropped their eighth straight road contest, a 5-0 decision at No. 7 Illinois Wesleyan College Wednesday night in Bloomington, Ill.

The Titans jumped out early with a goal in the 12th minute before adding three more first-half goals to put the game out of reach.

Senior Patty Duffy played 63 minutes in goal, making three saves, before giving way to freshman Adele Bruggeman, who made one stop of her own.

Senior Jessica Slean and freshman Ashley Morfin were the only Belles players to register shots in the match.

Junior goalkeeper Alli Novak registered her 20th career shutout for Illinois Wesleyan as the Belles were outshot 20-2.

Goals for the Titans were scored by Carlie Hoekstra, Molly O’Brien, Tori Samson, Kelsey Porter and Annmarie Dolak.

Saint Mary’s (2-4) will play the second of three matches on its current road trip when it travels to Ohio for a matchup with Wilmington College Friday.

The Belles will be searching for their first away goal on the season. With the loss Saint Mary’s drops to 4-17-1 over the past two seasons.