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SMC Soccer: Belles fail to score in road loss

Bobby Graham | Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Belles fell to Elmhurst 3-0 Wednesday, and are still looking for an answer to what has been a slow start to their season.

Despite solid defensive play throughout the first six matches, Saint Mary’s has continually found itself on the wrong end of things, from strange bounces to brief miscommunications and everything in between. The Belles (0-6) have scored only two goals this season, while giving up a conference-high 25 goals against.

Belles coach Michael Joyce shook up the lineup in the Belles’ most recent loss, hoping that some change might provide the squad with a little boost. Sophomore Caitlin Walsh took over in goal for junior Kristen Nelson, who, despite the team’s rough start, put in a solid performance during her time in goal.

Walsh, along with the Saint Mary’s defense, was able to ward off Elmhurst for the majority of the first half until the Blue Jays finally broke through in the 39th minute. Additional goals in the 59th and 80th minute sealed the match for Elmhurst.

The Belles also put a few nice shots on net, but were unable to capitalize. Freshman Mollie Valencia had a pair of looks while her classmate Kaitlin Teichman and sophomore Maddie Meckes each added a shot apiece.

The Belles, who still have three remaining games before beginning conference play, will look to register their first win at home against Illinois Tech on Friday.