Belles Come Up Short Against Pilots
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's soccer team suffered a 3-1 loss at home against cross-town foe Bethel in their season opener on Friday evening.
The Belles controlled the tempo and the ball from the opening whistle throughout much of the first half of play. Saint Mary's was poised to get on the scoreboard in the first seven minutes of play, but Liza Felix's shot rocketed off the far post and away from any follow up attempt.
It did not take much longer, however, for the Belles to tally the first goal of the game. As she was pushing up the field to put pressure on the Bethel goalkeeper, Erin Mishu found herself a yard in front of the Pilots' netminder as she was attempting to clear the ball up-field on a back-pass from the defense. The effort to clear the ball ricocheted off Mishu and the senior deflected the ball directly into the goal for the 1-0 Saint Mary's advantage in the 12th minute of play.
Bethel pulled even ten minutes later. After a handball was called ten yards outside of the box, the Pilots' Diana Diaz-Diurych scored a long-range shot on the ensuing free kick to knot the game at 1-1.
The Belles (0-1) return to action on Sunday, August 31 when they host Mount St. Joseph at 1:00 p.m.