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Women’s soccer shut out at home

Andrew Anastasio – Sports Writer

Despite statistically outperforming their opponent offensively, the Owls (6-3-3) were held scoreless last Wednesday night at Jess Dow Field and lost to conference opponent Pace (5-5-3).

“It’s a disappointing loss,” Owls junior defender Sarah Brochu said. “We had planned out to come in and go on a winning streak. We just didn’t come out in the first half, and it’s a little disappointing with the result we got.”

Pace jumped out to an early lead when freshman mid-fielder/forward Lia Gagliardi scored on a goal assisted by junior defender Lauren Foballe. Gagliardi beat Owls freshman goalkeeper Elizabeth Nickerson to the top right of the goal.

One goal was all Pace needed to defeat the Owls 1-0.

Photo Courtesy | Jake Grubman
Sophomore midfielder Stephanie Santos is third on the team in shot attempts with 16.

“We weren’t connecting on our passes tonight, and the runs of the forwards were off,” Owls junior mid-fielder/forward Suzane Pires said.

“We have to get it together now and connect better with our passes in order to get more shots on goal. We need to play with our heart and have a passion. If our passes improve, then that will be our key to win.”

Despite coming away with the loss, Owls head coach Adam Cohen said he was impressed with how his team responded coming out of the half.

“I think we had a pretty good second half,” Cohen said. “We just didn’t play as well as we are capable of in the first half.”

The Owls finished the night with a total of 15 shots, four of which were on goal. As for Pace, the team finished with eight total shots; three were on goal.

Despite recording 13 shots in the second half, Southern was unable to capitalize on any of the opportunities. Pires said she was impressed with the team’s effort during the offensive push.

“It’s always very frustrating when we come really close to scoring,” Pires said. “The important thing is that we kept trying and we didn’t give up. What I would say is, next time try harder and then we are going to get there.”

The remaining five games on the Owls schedule are all against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Next up is a home game against Stonehill (4-3-3) before the Owls hit the road for games against College of Saint Rose and Bentley University.

With playoffs nearby, Cohen said not only is the Stonehill game important, but the remaining games on the schedule will become even more crucial.

“I think that all the games right now at this point during the season become really important,” Cohen said. “Especially since they are all conference games, everyone is fighting for position within the conference right now. I think the [Stonehill] game is a pretty significant one, not because it’s home or away, but we need to try and get a result.”

Brochu said the team must not dwell on the loss, but focus on the positives from it in order to prepare for their upcoming games.

“We need to put this behind us and focus what we need to work on in order to reach our goal,” Brochu said. “We need to make sure we get opportunities, and work off of this to use this loss to our advantage instead of allowing it to put us back.”

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