Belles Defeated by Hornets, 2-0
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Saint Mary's soccer team fell by a 2-0 margin to Kalamazoo on a rainy and cold Thursday afternoon.
Kalamazoo came out of the opening whistle with quick pressure. The Hornets put their first shot on goal just over a minute into the contest, but the Belles were up to the task of keeping Kalamazoo off the scoreboard early. Chanler Rosenbaum stymied the Hornet offense with five saves in the first eleven minutes.
The Kalamazoo pressure broke through with a goal with just 4:27 to go before halftime on a long shot that found its way to the back of the net.
Nicole Papiernik took to defending the goal in the second half for the Belles. The freshman faced her first shot and came up with a save just six seconds into the second half.
In the 62nd minute of the game, the Hornets converted a corner kick opportunity into the second and final goal of the game.
Kalamazoo out-shot Saint Mary's 27-8 with a 14-6 edge in shots on goal. Katelyn Tondo-Steele led the Belles with two shots on goal. Mollie Valencia also had a pair of shots, with one of those shots being on goal.
Chanler Rosenbaum had five saves for Saint Mary's in the first half while Nicole Papiernik tallied seven saves in goal in the second half.
The Belles (8-8, 4-8 MIAA) will look to get back in the win column when they return home to host Calvin on Saturday, October 22. The game is slated to begin at noon.