Womens Soccer Falls Short In SEC Matchup

Ryan Lefner, Associate Sports Editor

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The womens soccer team faced another tough test on the road August 31 in SEC opponent Vanderbilt.

The scoring began midway through the first half, as the Commodore’s forward Haley Hopkins broke through multiple tackles to tally her second goal of the campaign.

Despite what the scoreboard read, the first half was dominated by the Billikens.

“We did a great job controlling the ball and creating chances for ourselves in the first half,” junior defender for the Billikens, Alli Klug, said, “they just converted their chances and unfortunately we didn’t.”

“Initially they had the upper hand”, said the Commodore’s coach, Darren Ambrose, when asked about the first half, “they were physical and they man-handled us.”

The Billikens were able to stifle the Commodore’s attack for the rest of the half, but could not keep them quiet for the remainder of the match.

The score 1-0, quickly turned 2-0 as junior midfielder Caroline Marsh crushed a cross from outside the box to junior forward Kaylann Boyd. Boyd cut the ball off before the Billiken’s keeper, Olivia Silverman, could control it and blasted it past the final Bills defender to tack on her team-leading third goal this season.

The game ended up being very even. We dominated the first half, and they dominated the second.”

— Klug

The Billikens fall to exactly .500 with the loss, at 2-2-1 on the young season.

The Lady Bills will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 7 in Hermann Stadium at 7 p.m. against 4-2 Oral Roberts University.