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SMC Soccer: Seniors lead Belles to victory

Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Saint Mary’s will look to sweep the season series over the Comets when the Belles travel to Olivet, Mich., on Wednesday.

The Belles (7-7-3, 5-5-3 MIAA) are coming off a 1-0 Senior Day victory over Albion on Saturday. The Belles dominated in all facets of the game against the Britons, controlling possession throughout the game and compiling 19 total shots. Conversely, the Belles defense, anchored by junior defenders Mary Kate Hussey and Kerry Green, held Albion to only one shot in the game. The Britons did not get a single shot off in the second half.

Despite the dominant performance, the Belles did not break the tie until the 53rd minute, when senior midfielder Mollie Valencia put a through ball down the middle of the field to sophomore forward Maggie Wenzel, who took a single touch before rocketing a shot past Albion freshman goalkeeper Mackenzie Hurlburt for her second goal of the season.

Junior goalkeeper Chanler Rosenbaum picked up the shutout without recording a single save, and Green led the Belles with three shots. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Belles.

Despite the win, the three-game losing streak eliminated the Belles from the four-team MIAA playoff, as the Belles now sit in sixth place in the MIAA, 12 points behind fourth-place Adrian.

The Comets (7-9-0, 4-9-0) are coming off a win of their own, a 3-1 victory over Trine on Saturday. Olivet, which sits in seventh place in the MIAA, is also eliminated from postseason contention.

Olivet has seven players who have scored two goals apiece. Senior midfielder Lindsey Winters leads the Comets with five assists on the season. Olivet sophomore goalkeeper Deanna Zolnoski has a 2.06 goals-against-average and has recorded four shutouts in 13 starts this season.

When the two teams met Sept. 28, the Belles outshot the Comets, 17-4, on the way to a 3-1 victory. Sophomore defender Lindsay Rzepecki, freshman forward Rosie Biehl and Green all found the back of the net for the Belles. Rosenbaum recorded two saves on three shots on goal in the win.

The Belles and Comets take the pitch today at 4 p.m. at the Cutler Athletic Complex in Olivet, Mich.