"I'm disappointed with today's result"
STERLING — The McPherson College women's soccer team out-shot Sterling College, 18-14, but the Bulldogs had no answer for Elena Lemus, who scored three goals in the 3-0 Sterling victory Wednesday night in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) opener for both schools.
McPherson (3-3, 0-1 KCAC) held a 18-14 edge in overall shots but couldn't place a shot past Sterling goalkeeper Hannah French.
After a scoreless first half that saw both schools take six shots, the Warriors (4-4, 1-0 KCAC) broke in front early in the second half as Lemus scored off an assist from Nattaly Campos in the 47th minute.
Lemus, who led the Warriors with six shots, added a goal in the 84th off an assist from Cobilyn Trempert, then completed the hat trick with just seven seconds to play off an assist from Keely Ireland.
Christie Silber made four saves for McPherson. Danielle Kakebeen led the Bulldogs with seven shots, while Emma Van Donselaar added five, including three on goal.
Sterling also held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
"I'm disappointed with today's result," said head coach Mark Olson. " We did not play with much discipline and made some simple mistakes that they capitalized on. Despite that, we were still able to create scoring opportunities but were not able to finish."
The Bulldogs return to the pitch at 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon against Tabor College in McPherson. The match is slated to be played in The Kennel but may be moved inside McPherson Stadium if field conditions warrant.