Despite the Belles soccer team fighting hard and maintaining a 1-1 tie for a long strip of the game, Saint Mary’s ultimately fell 3-1 against Adrian.
The match started off with two shots from the Bulldogs. The first missed wide left, and the second was saved by sophomore goalkeeper Riley Lindsey. This was quickly followed by senior forward Jillian Bowen moving the ball upfield. After she dodged her defender, she sent the ball to a fellow forward, junior Kaitlyn Day. However, Day’s shot would ultimately miss right. Less than a minute later, Day had another shot on goal that would also go far right.
However, Adrian found the back of the net just a few moments later. This momentum would lead to the Bulldogs taking six more consecutive shots. Lindsey saved four while two missed the net.
Sophomore forward Mary Kaczynski was eventually able to win the ball. Kaczynski was then able to pass the ball to sophomore midfielder Grace Barresi. Barresi was able to find the back of the net, notching her first collegiate goal and bringing the score to 1-1. Kaczynski’s assist was her first point of the season as well.
It wasn’t until the 44th minute that Adrian was able to retaliate on a goal by Annamarie Fosmoen. After each team attempted to score, the Bulldogs were the ones who eventually won out. The teams went into the half with a 2-1 Adrian lead.
The Bulldogs started the second half with momentum from the break, having two shots within three minutes. Though they fought hard, Saint Mary’s defense could only hold off the Bulldogs for so long. In the 78th minute, the Bulldogs were able to widen their 3-1 lead on a goal by Kelsey Zoli.
Despite the lead, the Belles did not give up. And, in the 89th minute, Kaczynski would have another attempt, but it did not go. This would be the Belles’ only shot in the half. However, Lindsey would have six saves on the half, and 12 total in the match.
Although the Belles ultimately lost, there were some good things throughout the match that they hoped to bring on the road next week against Albion. Even though the Bulldogs outshot the Belles 22-4, Lindsey and the Belles’ defense were able to hold Adrian to only three goals.
Saint Mary’s currently holds a 0-8-3 record on the season (0-3 in conference play). Over the course of 11 matches, the Belles have scored six goals. This past game saw the first Saint Mary’s goal since they tied Lake Forest 2-2 on Sept. 17.
The Belles have five more games on the season as they continue their attempt to register a win. Albion has a record of 5-2-3 (2-1 in conference) and looks to pick up another victory against the Belles.
Saint Mary’s Belles face off against the Albion Britons on the road Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.