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SMC Soccer: Saint Mary’s shut out by Alma, falls behind in MIAA

Maija Gustin | Monday, October 4, 2010

Saint Mary’s lost 4-0 this weekend to MIAA division rival Alma College.

The Belles (2-10) lost their eighth road game to the Scots (8-3) in Belles coach Michael Joyce’s first year at the helm.

Saint Mary’s held Alma scoreless in the first half, but the tide quickly turned in the Scots’ favor when freshman forward Taryn Handyside scored just 26 seconds into the second half on an assist by junior forward Alli Meurer. Two minutes later, Alma doubled its lead with a goal from sophomore midfielder Elaine Cunningham on a corner kick.

Junior midfielder Carly Reising scored for the Scots in the 52nd minute off an assist from Meurer, who netted her second goal of the game in the 77th minute to give Alma a commanding lead.

The Belles finished with three shot attempts, two of which by sophomore midfielder Ashley Marfin were on net. Junior forward Katelyn Tondo-Steele made the other attempt. Between the pipes, sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Walsh made eight saves in net for the Belles.

In the second half, Alma outshot the Belles 13-0 with 8 shots on net. Junior goalkeeper Monica Witt made two saves for the Scots.

Saint Mary’s takes the pitch next at home Friday against MIAA conference foe Albion College (1-8-2).