SMC vs. Wilmington
Belles Suffer Hard-fought Loss to #21 Quakers
WILMINGTON, Ohio - In one of the most tightly played contests of the year, the Saint Mary's College soccer team shouldered a hard-fought 2-0 loss to #21 Wilmington College on Friday evening.
The Belles pressured the Quakers early in the contest as Micki Hedinger fired the game's first shot on goal in the eighth minute of play. As the game went on, a pair of saves and strong defense by the Belles helped to limit the Quakers to just two shots on goal as the teams were tied 0-0 at the half.
The Belles started off the second half with a pair of strong offensive opportunities, including a shot by Colleen Ferguson that ricocheted off of the crossbar in the 60th minute.
After Patty Duffy came up with a huge save off of a header by Wilmington, the Quakers regained possession and Alex Hesson sent a shot inside the far post for the game's first goal in the 76th minute.
Hesson added another goal in the 83rd minute with an upper 90 shot for the 2-0 margin for Wilmington.
The Belles had a pair of shots late in the contest, but the shots were off frame as Saint Mary's fell by the 2-0 score.
Patty Duffy, who had yet another impressive outing, had five saves for the Belles in goal.
The Belles will stay in the state of Ohio for their next contest, which will be at Hiram College on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.