Belles Sunk by Flying Dutch
- Kellen Hinchey had both shots on goal for the Belles.
- Liza Felix made 10 saves in goal on the night.
HOLLAND, Mich. - The Saint Mary's soccer team fell by an 8-0 score at Hope on Wednesday evening.
The Flying Dutch posted four goals in each half for the final scoring margin.
The Belles had a handful of chances in the opening period of play which barely missed developing into scoring opportunities. Saint Mary's had a stretch of sustained possession in the 31st minute of action, but the Belles could not quite put together the passes to get the ball into a threatening position. With less than 11 minutes remaining on the clock, Emily Beedie played a pass ahead toward Emma LaBounty, but the pass skipped ahead on the wet turf beyond the freshman's foot as the Hope goalkeeper picked up the ball at the top of the box.
With just over nine minutes left on the clock before halftime, the Belles earned a free kick in the middle of their offensive end of the field. The well-struck ball by Kellen Hinchey, however, was aimed directly at the goalkeeper on a one-hop effort for the save. A short time later, a long pass from the Belles' back line found its way between LaBounty and Wiseman, but the ball had too much momentum and carried away from the pair. In the final seconds of the half, Mary Wandor looked to set up the switch from the middle of the field and played a ball from the left to the right flank into open space. Jennifer Buck was near the receiving end of a pass which could have set up a breakaway chance, but a Hope defender managed to cut between Buck and the ball to breakup the scoring chance.
In the second half, the Belles had the ball deep in the offensive end midway through the period before earning consecutive throw ins from less than ten yards away from the corner flag. Saint Mary's, however, was unable to find a connecting pass in the middle of the field as the Flying Dutch played the ball out of the final third of the field. The best scoring chance of the game for the Belles came in the final two minutes of play. Kellen Hinchey threaded a pass up the middle of the field toward Jennifer Buck. As a Hope defender tried to shield Buck from the ball, the Flying Dutch goalkeeper came out of the 18-yard box while trying to pick up the ball and was whistled for the indiscretion. Hinchey was called upon to take the free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. The freshman struck the ball well with pace, but her effort was stomach-high directly to the goalkeeper for the save.
Kellen Hinchey had a pair of shots on goal for the Belles. Liza Felix made 10 saves in goal on the night.
The Belles (1-15, 0-14 MIAA) travel to Adrian on Saturday, October 29 for a noon contest against the Bulldogs.