Crushing Blow for Women's Soccer
General Sports News - Redding, CA
REDDING, Calif. - In a heartbreaking repeat, the Simpson University Red Hawk women’s soccer team fell short Tuesday afternoon Sept. 8 to the Oregon Tech Owls. This was the second game over the last seven days in which the Owls and Red Hawks faced off and the second victory for the Owls.
The game was an even match throughout regulation as both teams were in the mid teens in overall shots attempted. OIT had the advantage of shots on goal five to zero, giving Simpson keeper Jordan England a workout on defense. With 2:31 left in regulation Marcella Melloni took a shoulder from OIT’s Andrea Perez who received a yellow card for the offense. Melloni would leave the game suffering dizziness from the hit. OIT and Simpson waited out the clock playing even through the fading seconds of regulation.
The extra minutes were short lived and bitter for the Red Hawks. No more than two minutes into the sudden death overtime, OIT forward Krystal Foster scored the fatal goal. The score ended a blow for blow match in which Simpson held on with the tough physical play of OIT.
“The most important thing in the preseason is that we continue to improve,” head coach Nate Huntsinger said. “Results are important too, but improvement is the main goal and tonight we displayed a dramatic improvement from our previous game against OIT.”
The Simpson soccer coaching staff hopes that improvement will carry over to their next game against Hope International at home. The game is set to start at noon on Sat., Sept. 8.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.