SMC vs. Hope
Belles Grounded by Flying Dutch
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's soccer team fell in a tough 4-2 contest to Hope College on Tuesday afternoon in the team's final home contest of the season.
The two teams battled in a closely-played first half until the visiting Flying Dutch broke through for the game's first goal in the 34th minute of play on a ball that slipped across the mouth of the goal to an open Hope player. In the closing minutes of the half, Hope scored their second goal off of a corner kick less than four minutes before the half.
After another Hope goal, the Belles dug deep and battled to get themselves back into the contest. Colleen Ferguson gained control of the ball just past the midfield line for the Belles and battled past her defender in the 18 yard box to set up a one-on-one situation with the keeper. Ferguson was able to slip the ball just past a diving goalie for the Belles' first goal of the game at the 52 minute mark.
Playing with a renewed sense of urgency and drive, the Belles continued to apply the pressure to the Flying Dutch defense. The Belles cut the margin of deficit to one when Corissa Hart stepped in front of a clear attempt by the Hope defense and fired a shot from well outside the 18 yard box. The junior's shot took a slight deflection, which redirected it just over the Hope keeper and into the back of the net to make the game 3-2 with almost 15 minutes to play.
Hope, however, added a late goal to take the 4-2 decision.
Patty Duffy made nine saves in goal while playing the full 90 minutes for Saint Mary's. The Belles also added a team save in the first half when Michelle Marshall was able to redirect what appeared to be a certain goal for Hope just past the post.
Saint Mary's will take to the road for their final two matches of the regular season. The Belles will take on Kalamazoo at noon this up-coming Saturday for the first of those two games.