2014 Season in Review
The margin separating wins, defeats, and ties in the 2014 Saint Mary’s soccer season was tighter than any other season in the last decade of the sport for the Belles. Fifteen of the team’s twenty games were decided by one goal or fewer. Thirteen of those narrowly-decided contests came against conference opponents in a season which saw third through sixth place in the final conference standings separated by eight points, or less than three wins.
The Belles opened up the season with a pair of one-goal wins over Mount St. Joseph and Illinois Tech while ending on the wrong side of contests against cross-town foe Bethel and pre-season Top 25 and NCAA Tournament Semifinalist Illinois Wesleyan.
After falling at home against Kalamazoo and Alma in the first two conference games of the season, the Belles broke through with their first MIAA win of the season in a big way. The Belles went on the road and did something which had previously not been accomplished by the Saint Mary’s soccer team – earn a conference win against Calvin. Erin Mishu posted the only goal of the game in the 67th minute as the Belles earned a 1-0 win against the Knights.
As the calendar flipped over to October, the Belles continued to have their fair share of dramatic finishes. Early in the month, Liza Felix broke a 0-0 deadlock with less than two minutes remaining in regulation to lift Saint Mary’s to a 1-0 win over in-state rival Trine. Less than two weeks later, classmate Jenn Jarmy pushed the Belles ahead 3-2 on the road at Alma with the game-winner in the final two seconds of the second period.
Riding high on the emotions from the last-second win against the Scots, the Belles returned home and claimed a second one-goal victory over Calvin, marking the first regular season sweep for Saint Mary’s against the Knights in the history of the program. Jarmy gave the Belles an early lead while Mary Kate Hussey tallied the first game-winning goal of her collegiate career in the second half.
The graduating class for the Belles became the first to earn wins over each of the conference’s other eight schools while also posting the most wins in a four year span (39) in the history of the program.
The offense continued to be evenly spread for the Belles in the 2014 season. Eight different players had at least one goal with four players – Jenn Jarmy, Maggie McLaughlin, Erin Mishu, and Mary Kate Hussey – each scoring three on the year.
At the conclusion of the season, Kerry Green was tabbed as an All-MIAA First Team selection while fellow center back Mary Kate Hussey earned a spot on the All-MIAA Second Team. It was the third consecutive season for multiple members of the Saint Mary's soccer team to earn All-MIAA recognition for their efforts on the field.