Belles Topped by Thunder
- Thallia Robles made seven saves in goal.
- Liza Felix and Mary Wandor each had two shots on goal for the Belles.
- Kellen Hinchey and Emily Beedie each tallied a shot.
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Saint Mary's soccer team (1-5, 0-4 MIAA) lost a 2-0 conference decision against Trine on Thursday afternoon.
The Thunder opened the game by putting pressure high against the Belles defense, but Thallia Robles came up with a pair of saves and the back line kept Trine from getting off quality shots through the opening minutes of action. The Belles had a crack at goal as Kellen Hinchey's shot from the top of the box in the 16th minute was on target but was struck directly at the goalkeeper.
Less than three minutes later, the Thunder capitalized on a turnover and saw a mid-range shot sail over Robles and under the cross bar for the first goal of the game in the 19th minute. With just a few minutes remaining on the clock before halftime, the Belles nearly found the equalizer. A high-arcing cross from the right side of the field found its way to Mary Wandor at the far post. The freshman tried to get a half-volley shot off, but the ball was just beyond the reach of her foot and rolled away from the goal.
Trine opened the second period with a goal in the 52nd minute of play to double their advantage. Saint Mary's battled to get on the scoreboard as Emily Beedie had a shot blocked less than a minute before Wandor had a second attempt saved. Shayleigh O'Donnell played a pass from the left side of the box toward the right post, but the pass was off the mark for Liza Felix to tap in the point-blank goal.
Robles came up with a clutch save a few minutes later, and Felix looked to get some offense going in transition, but her shot from the top of the box was shot chest-high at the goalkeeper for the save. Robles added another big save with a diving stop in the 72nd minute as the Belles continued to battle. O'Donnell found herself with the ball and several yards of space just moments later, but the freshman took one touch too many as the goalkeeper came off the line to smother the ball. A short time later, Felix wove her way through the middle of the field and sent a shot from 18-yards out on goal only to have it stopped at the goal line. Less than two minutes later, Felix played a cross into the box from the right side of the field. O'Donnell redirected the pass from six-yards out back toward Mary Wandor. Wandor had space and a good look at goal, but her effort was also turned aside.
Robles tacked on two more saves as the clock continued to wind down, but the Belles were unable to generate offense in the form of the shot over the final 13 minutes of play.
Liza Felix and Mary Wandor each had a pair of shots on goal. Kellen Hinchey and Emily Beedie each registered a shot for the Belles. Thallia Robles made seven saves in goal.
The Belles (1-5, 0-4 MIAA) have a break from play this weekend and travel to Calvin on Tuesday, September 20 for a 4:00 p.m. match against the Knights.