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SMC Soccer: Belles earn comeback victory over conference foe Albion

Observer Staff Report | Monday, September 26, 2011

Saint Mary’s stormed back Saturday with two second half goals to earn a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Albion College.

While the Belles (6-2, 2-2 MIAA) dominated the match against the Britons (0-8, 0-4) statistically, they trailed 1-0 at the half before junior midfielder Ashley Morfin scored two goals to win the match.

Despite outshooting the Britons 7-1 in the first half and holding a 5-0 edge in corner kicks, the Belles found themselves in a 1-0 halftime deficit.

In the 35th minute, Albion sophomore midfielder Lindsey Lubanski drilled a goal into the back of the net unassisted to put the Britons in position to win their first game of the season. Lubanski’s shot proved to be the only shot on goal for the Britons in the entire game as freshman Belles goalkeeper Natalie Warner did not record a save in the contest. Meanwhile, junior Britons goalie Sam Bowditch had a busy afternoon and managed to record five saves in the first half to keep the Belles off the scoreboard.

However, in the second half, the law of averages quickly swung in favor of the Belles’ aggressive offense. Just over three minutes into the half, Morfin netted her first goal of the afternoon and was assisted by sophomore midfielder Mollie Valencia.

In the game’s 71st minute, senior defender Keely Noonan found Morfin for her second goal of the afternoon, marking the first time Morfin has scored multiple goals in a game.

From that point, the Belles’ defense easily dispelled any threats to the one-goal lead. Albion was only able to record one shot after the Belles took the lead and did not put any shots on goal.

The Belles continue their slate of games in the MIAA when they head to Grand Rapids, Mich., to face Calvin College on Wednesday at 4 p.m.