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SMC Soccer: Wisconsin-Oshkosh hands Belles defeat

Observer Staff Report | Monday, September 6, 2010

Despite playing a strong first half, the Belles fell to 0-3 on the season following a 4-2 loss at the hands of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

After the Titans (2-1) took an early lead in the 18th minute, freshman Mollie Valencia brought the Belles even with her first collegiate goal on a free kick with less than three minutes left in the first half.

Yet the Belles were simply overpowered in the second, allowing goals in the 60th, 68th, and 69th minutes to give the Titans a 4-1 advantage.

Saint Mary’s would cut the lead to two, as junior Katelyn Tondo-Steele netted a shot in the 80th minute.

Junior goalkeeper Kristen Nelson notched seven saves for the Belles, who next take the pitch Wednesday against Illinois Wesleyan.