Belles Battle Back to Bounce Brits

Box Score

ALBION, Mich. - After surrendering a goal 10:49 before halftime, the Saint Mary's soccer team responded with a pair of second half goals to defeat Albion by a 2-1 score on Saturday afternoon.

The Belles applied early pressure, but the Brits got on the scoreboard in the 35th minute of play by converting their lone shot of the half into a goal for the 1-0 lead.

Saint Mary's took little time after the halftime break to net the equalizer. Less than three-and-a-half minutes into the second half, Ashley Morfin sent home a shot from inside the box for her first goal of the 2011 season.

Albion then responded with a near goal as the Brits saw a shot deflect off the post in the 53rd minute of action.

Morfin and the Belles, however, were not quite done on offense. With just over 20 minutes left in regulation, senior Keely Noonan connected with Morfin, and the junior put away her second shot of the day. Her two goals marks the first time in her collegiate career that she has tallied multiple goals in the same contest.

Morfin's second goal proved to be the game-winner as the Belles defense shut down the Albion offense in the second half. Saint Mary's allowed Albion just one shot after the Belles' second goal of the game and took the 2-1 road win over the Brits.

Natalie Warner earned the win in goal for the Belles. The Saint Mary's defense held Albion to just one shot on goal on the day.

The Belles (6-2, 2-2 MIAA) will next be in action when they travel to Grand Rapids next Wednesday to take on Calvin in a 4:00 p.m. contest.

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