Belles draw Trine to end season
Hunter McDaniel | Thursday, November 6, 2014
The Belles closed out their 2014 season with a scoreless, double overtime draw against Trine on Monday night.
The Belles (6-11-3, 4-9-3 MIAA) had opportunities to score but were unable to push one past Trine’s freshman goalkeeper Kristina Veljovic, who made her first career shutout for the Thunder (4-11-4, 2-10-4).
Saint Mary’s created its first scoring opportunity in the 10th minute. Senior defender Kerry Green rocketed a free kick into the box, but senior forward Kelly Wilson headed the ball just wide, left of the post. Freshman midfielder Gabby Guerra had another chance for the Belles with a strong shot from just outside the 18-yard box, but Veljovic made the save.
The Belles also nearly scored in the 41st minute. Wilson had another chance, but the Thunder defense thwarted her attempt, forcing her shot to land just above and to the right of the post.
In the final minute of the first half, Saint Mary’s earned a free kick just outside the penalty area. Green sent the pass to senior Natalie Warner, but she headed the ball slightly right of the goal.
The story was much the same in the second half for the Belles. Both sides earned a number of scoring chances, but neither team was able to find the back of the net.
Wilson and sophomore forward Liza Felix almost connected in the first overtime period, but Wilson’s ball bounced opposite of Felix as the Belles missed another opportunity on net.
Ultimately, neither the Belles nor the Thunder were able to capitalize. Wilson led the Belles in shots with three, followed by Green and Guerra, who each tallied two. Senior goalkeeper Chanler Rosenbaum posted four saves to earn her 19th and final career shutout.
The tie against Trine marks the end of Saint Mary’s 2014 campaign. The Belles finished seventh in the MIAA, while Hope claimed the conference title with a 14-1-1 record in conference play.