Lady Red Hawks battle Sunbirds in preseason play

Simpson University Sports News


FRESNO, Calif. - The Red Hawks women's soccer team was in action again as they traveled to face a tough opponent in the form Sunbirds from Fresno Pacific University where they fell 4-1.

The Red Hawks were able to start the match well as they were able to contain the attack from the Sunbirds to some long range shots that were easily dealt with by goalkeeper Jessica Rickli. However, the great speed of Sunbird winger Jae Slocum was hard to cope with and in the 28th minute she raced past the Red Hawk defenders and crossed the ball in the box which after a deflection found the feet of Sunbird striker Demi Hamilton who coolly finished to put the Sunbirds up 1-0. After that it seemed as if the Red Hawks were on the back foot and the Sunbirds capitalized on some tentative play from Simpson and made it 2-0 in the 34th minute. This time Hamilton provided the assist as Natalie Cheney put it past Rickli. The Sunbirds were able to make it 3-0 right before the half as Hamilton again was the provider of a great ball and Slocum was able to finish with a great shot that left Rickli no chance at saving the strike.

As the second half started, the Red Hawks regained the form that they started the game with even putting some pressure on the Sunbirds defense and the game opened up on both ends. Each team had chances and it was the Sunbirds again scoring making it 4-0 in the 65th minute when Alyssa Mejia's shot was redirected into the back of the net by Haley Tallon. The Red Hawks were not discouraged and continued to fight on. In the 67th minute, Red Hawk striker Morghan Pomeroy took advantage of a poor clearance from the Sunbirds and finished from 20 yards out to make it 4-1 giving her the first goal of her college career. Unfortunately for the Red Hawks, it was too little too late and neither team could change the score line.

Rickli played another great game for the Red Hawks finishing with 15 saves on the night, and Natalie Goens produced an outstanding performance in the midfield for the Red Hawks.

With the loss the Red Hawks record falls to 1-2 on the young season and they will look to improve on that as their preseason schedule continues on Friday, Sept. 9 against Hope International University at 1 p.m. in Redding.


Written by Dan Anderson

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