The McPherson College women's soccer team broke its streak of three scoreless games on Wednesday night against the Friends University Falcons, but it wasn't enough as the visiting Falcons left McPherson with a 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs.
The match was played evenly from the outset and through the first 45 minutes of play, neither team was able to crack the other team's defense. Shots for both teams were even in the first half at eight. In the 64th minute of the game, the Bulldogs broke the scoreless tie when Isabel Medina took the ball down the right wing and played it inside to Emma Singleton. who was checking back to the ball. Singleton played the ball through to Dina Der Vartanian, who fired a shot from the right side of the 18 yard box past the diving Falcon goalkeeper.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs seemed to be content with scoring just one goal. For the next few minutes they got away from the aggressive play that led to their goal and took a much more conservative approach to the game. That approach came back to bite them when the Falcons struck with the equalizer in the 78th minute. Tied at one, the Bulldogs looked to be headed to overtime for the third straight game, but with just over three minutes left in regulation, the Falcons worked the ball through the Bulldog defense with a couple of nice passes and were able to get one of their strikers in behind the Bulldog defense to slot the game winner.
Christie Silber was in net for the Bulldogs and collared the loss. She faced ten shots on goal from the Falcons and came away with eight saves.
"I thought we had a solid performance today," Head coach Mark Olson said "Friends University is one of the top teams in the conference and we played with them. It was nice to see that the attacking work we have put in this week resulted in a goal this evening."
With the loss, the Bulldogs are left still searching for their first win of the season and fall to 0-6-2 overall, and 0-1-2 in the KCAC. They will be back in action on Saturday for a 12 p.m. matchup at home against Ottawa University.