Belles Stopped by No. 22 Flying Dutch
- Hannah Fisher made 18 saves in goal for the Belles.
- Emily Lambert and McKenna O'Shea each registered a shot on goal.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's soccer team came up short in an 8-0 final to No. 22 ranked Hope on Wednesday evening.
The Flying Dutch got on the scoreboard in the 17th and 26th minutes as the Belles limited the strong scoring chances for Hope during much of the opening 45 minutes of play. In the 27th minute of play, Emily Lambert took a mid-range shot for the Belles from 25 yards that rolled directly to the Hope goalkeeper.
Kellen Hinchey played a ball through the middle toward into space toward McKenna O'Shea, but the ball carried long to the keeper. Two minutes later, it was O'Shea with the well-placed pass toward Ashley Hernandez, but again, the ball was too strong for the Belles to string the possession together into a scoring opportunity. Hope added a goal in the final minute of the first half for a 3-0 advantage. Saint Mary's used the final possession to play a long ball ahead for Maddie Green, but the sophomore was unable to track down the pass in the final 30 of seconds at the game went to the half at the 3-0 score.
The Belles continued to have chances in transition come close to materializing into scoring chances as Kelsey Matyi, Cedella Breitenstein, Emily Beedie, and McKenna O'Shea all had passes that flipped the defense into offense for Saint Mary's. Hope, however, was able to break up each of those potential scoring combinations while adding five second-period goals for the 8-0 final.
Hannah Fisher made 18 saves in goal for the Belles. Emily Lambert and McKenna O'Shea each registered a shot on goal.
The Belles (1-6, 0-5 MIAA) are back on the pitch on Sunday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m.