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Belles shut out in final home game

Observer Staff Report | Sunday, October 30, 2011

In Saturday’s Senior Day home game against a three-win Trine squad, the Belles missed a prime opportunity to clinch a .500 record and a 10-win season. In a game delayed 45 minutes by hail and a thunderstorm, Saint Mary’s (9-10, 5-10 MIAA) was shutout 1-0 by the Thunder (4-13-2, 2-11-2) despite posting a 10-4 edge on shots on goal.

Following a scoreless first half, Trine scored the game’s lone goal just over a minute into the second half. Sophomore Kristin Elliot sent a shot across the goal box, where it went past Belles freshman goalkeeper Natalie Warner.

The score would stand the remainder of the match, but the Belles received numerous chances to tie the game. In the second half, Saint Mary’s earned six corner kicks and took nine shots, but the Trine defense kept the Belles out of the net. Wegert recorded 10 saves over the course of the match.

The match was also suspended in the middle of the second half when an intense hail and lightning storm descended on the South Bend area. Players waited approximately 45 minutes for the storm to pass and play to resume.

The Belles received numerous scoring chances in the first half. Sophomore forward Kaitlin Teichman’s header was turned away in the goal box while another one of her shot’s fell off line. Teichman led the team with five shots, including two on goal.

Meanwhile, Wegert saved a shot by junior midfielder Ashley Morfin’s in the 35th minute and the Belles were unable to capitalize on a rebound chance. Both Morfin and sophomore midfielder Mollie Valencia tied Teichman for shots on goal, recording two a piece.

Although the Belles defeated Trine 2-1 in a road match Oct. 4, they could not complete the season sweep of the Thunder. With the loss, the Belles now must upset Hope College, which is in fourth place in the MIAA, to finish .500 for the season.

The Belles’ final game of the season will take place at Hope College at 3 p.m. Tuesday.