CHICAGO – Managing just three shots on goal and seven shots total in the game, the Saint Xavier University women's soccer team could not keep pace with the aggressive offensive attack of MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.) and suffered its first loss of the 2013 season by a 2-0 score Monday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. SXU freshman keeper Alex Perry (St. Louis, Mo./Oakville) tallied 13 saves on the day, but the visiting Pioneers racked up 22 total shots with 17 of them on goal. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 1-1-1 overall on the year.
MidAmerica Nazarene tallied its first goal in the 17th minute when junior forward Ellaisa Marquis broke free from her defender and scored on a shot from 15 yards deep. Junior forward Kara Collins assisted the opening goal by Marquis. The Pioneers took a 1-0 advantage into halftime and then added some insurance just over 10 minutes into the second half when senior defender Kara Quinn scored on a header set up by a nicely placed corner kick by freshman midfielder Kelli Reid. Junior midfielders Monica Chavolla (Chicago Heights, Ill./Bloom Township) and Danielle Inzinga (Orland Park, Ill./Marist) joined freshman forward Mariana Hoerr (Canton, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas) as the three Cougars to log a shot on goal in Monday's match-up.
Saint Xavier (1-1-1 overall) begins a three-game road stretch on Saturday, September 7, taking on Grace College (Ind.). The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start in Winona Lake, Ind.