RICHMOND, Ind.- Earlham women's soccer battled through rain and injury to end their first game of the season with a 2-0 loss to the Trine Thunder.
Trine moved the ball around well in the first period, but had very few solid shot attempts due to an aggressive Quaker defense. Earlham's Erin Welsh stood tall in the box, preventing Trine's offense from gaining any momentum. The tide changed when Kristen Reece beat two defenders for a go ahead goal to put the Thunder up 1-0 just before the half. Earlham's offense was able to launch several attacks in the box, but none of them amounted to a goal. Both teams' goalkeepers were stout in their defense and had momentum shifting saves.
Period two began with an aggressive attack by the Quaker offense, whose efforts were matched by the Thunder defense. Earlham had three shot attempts to Trine's ten, and the Quakers were not quite able to move the ball effectively in Thunder territory. After a corner kick by Marisa Robinett, Kayla Dennewitz took advantage of an absent defender for a goal, making the score 2-0. Earlham narrowly missed the opportunity to reduce their two goal deficit when Emma Lady capitalized on the mistake of Trine goalkeeper, Jilllian Rejczyk, who left the goal wide open. Kyleigh Gay foiled the attack with a last minute save at the goal line, keeping the score 2-0.
In the first half Earlham played a clean game having 0 fouls to Trine's 3. In the second half, Earlham only had one foul while the Thunder had two. The game ended with 16 shot attempts from Trine and 7 Quaker attacks.
Earlham's women's soccer's next competition will be on September 2 at 1:00pm where they will play St. Mary's (Ind.) at Matlack-Messer Stadium.
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