Women’s soccer suffers tough loss from Walsh

Midfielder Allison Sims heads the ball. Vanguard Photo | Brandon Hall

After bouncing back against Missouri – St. Louis, the SVSU women’s soccer team took on Walsh at home Thursday, Sept. 12. The team could not keep its momentum going from the prior week however, as Walsh found the slight 1-0 victory over the Cards.

The team also took on Fairmont State Sunday, Sept. 15, which concluded after this production of The Valley Vanguard.

Shots came early and often against Walsh. Both teams pushed hard, but the Cardinals pushed harder, reaching Walsh territory for six shot attempts (one on goal) in the first 15 minutes of play.

This aggressive playstyle ended up costing the Cards, however, as three successive fouls on SVSU put Walsh in good position to attack.

Walsh midfielder Hannah Bowman found the only goal of the night from eight yards away, killing any push SVSU was building toward.

Walsh had an attempt to put themselves even more ahead with a shot-on-goal only a minute later, but freshman keeper Ally Gaunt managed the save.

The rest of the first half was mainly inactive, as both teams struggled to put themselves in position to score.

The Cardinals came out in the second half rejuvenated, much like the first, as they attempted again to push hard into Walsh’s zone. The first five minutes saw senior defender Molly Vanderhoff, senior midfielder Hannah Tarnaski and freshman midfielder Sarah Fredrick with chances, but Walsh’s keeper denied every opportunity they had.

This pattern continued through into the final minutes. SVSU would make some kind of aggressive attack on goal that ultimately would lead to nothing. The match ended with Walsh on top, 1-0.

Vanderhoff led the way with five shot attempts, three on goal for the Cardinals.

Gaunt ended the game with four saves but received the loss.

Despite the loss, SVSU topped Walsh in both shots (17-9) and shots-on-goal (6-5), however, the only number that mattered for Walsh was the one on the scoreboard, leaving SVSU back down after a big win over Missouri – St. Louis.

The team will take on the Ferris State Bulldogs Sunday, Sept. 22. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

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