On an incredibly wet Saturday night at Terry Fox Field, the women’s soccer team lost to the visiting Seattle Pacific (SPU) Falcons by a score of 2-1. The Clan came into the match with a 2-13 overall record, 2-9 within the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). They were looking to play the role of spoiler against a solid Falcons side, who held a 9-4-2 overall record and a 7-3-2 record inside the conference, good enough for third place.
The Clan got off to a poor start in the first half, conceding an early goal in the seventh minute. Off a low cross, Seattle Pacific’s Isabel Farrell rang a shot off the right post. The rebound wasn’t properly handled by SFU, and Falcon forward Hannah Huesers put the ball into the net to make it 1-0 Seattle Pacific.
The only other great chance of the half was by the aforementioned Farrell of Seattle Pacific, who had a long range shot deflect off of an SFU defender and almost go in. It seemed like the weather was also affecting Clan keeper Priya Sandhu; twice, she had chances to get off her line and challenge for the cross, but elected to stay in her net, making for some nervous moments in the SFU area.
The visitors once again got an early goal in the second half. In the 47th, SFU goalie Priya Sandhu attempted to catch the ball, but it slipped out of her hands. Seattle’s Huesers once again gladly deposited the ball into the back of the empty net to make it a 2-0 lead for the visitors — just an unlucky play in pretty terrible conditions.
SFU managed to get one back in the 50th when Elishah Jilling took the shot off the bounce and put it past a sprawling keeper to make it a 2-1 game. SFU’s Sandhu made a great save off a terrific free kick in the 58th, but after that the Clan didn’t have any standout chances to tie the game up. They did seem to play with more purpose and intensity after the goal, though, to put them within one.
The Clan then traveled to Billings, MT to face Montana State University Billings (MSUB). They were shutout by a score of 3-0, and dropped to 2-15 overall, and 2-11 within the GNAC.