Belles Bounce Scarlet Hawks

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - After allowing an early goal, the Saint Mary's soccer team responded with four unanswered goals of their own to defeat Illinois Tech by a 4-1 margin in their home opener on Monday evening.

Illinois Tech converted their second shot of the game with a mid-range shot that sailed inside the far post in the eighth minute to put the Scarlet Hawks up 1-0.

The Belles celebrate Kelly Wilson's (second from left) goal.
The Belles celebrate Kelly Wilson's (second
from left) goal.
The Belles evened the score in the 20th minute when Kaitlin Teichman sent a cross well into the Illinois Tech defensive end and found Maggie McLaughlin for a header for Saint Mary's first goal of the 2013 campaign. Less than ten minutes later, Kelly Wilson punched in what proved to be the game-winner from the edge of the six-yard box on a failed clear by Illinois Tech in the 28th minute.

Saint Mary's continued to control the ball and the tempo of the game in the second half. Courtney Wright fed a pass up through the middle of the Scarlet Hawks' defense to a wide open Maggie Wenzel, who put away the breakaway opportunity in the 61st minute. Maggie McLaughlin later slipped the ball through to Jenn Jarmy mid-stride as the freshman notched her first career goal from 12 yards out in the 75th minute to round out the Belles' scoring efforts on the day.

The Belles out-shot the Scarlet Hawks by a 30-2 margin while maintaining possession of the ball for most of the contest.

Natalie Warner picked up the win in goal for the Belles, and Nicole Papiernik safely played a pair of long passes while playing the entire second half in goal.

Saint Mary's (1-1) will travel to Ohio this weekend for contests against Wilmington on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and the College of Mount St. Joseph on Sunday at noon.

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