Lady Red Hawks struggle against SOU in season opener
Simpson University Sports News
ASHLAND, Ore. - The Simpson University Red Hawks women's soccer team was in action for the first time this season against the Raiders from Southern Oregon University. The Red Hawks lost 3-0.
The Raiders started the game quickly but the Red Hawks kept the game close in the early going of the match. However, in the 16th minute Raider striker Alexis Mahoney broke free from the Red Hawk defense and was in on goal but freshman Red Hawk goalkeeper Jessica Rickli initially made the save. Unfortunately, the ball was then controversially put in by Mahoney when it looked as if Rickli had possession. After the early goal, Simpson responded well and kept the game close until they had a defensive lapse. A failed clearance found Raider midfielder Sydney Paulsen who then knocked it back across for Kennedy Roteman to take a 2-0 advantage in the 41st minute.
In the second half, the Red Hawks showed signs of fatigue from a grueling preseason training camp and Southern Oregon capitalized on it. The Raiders scored quickly after the break when Roteman crossed the ball in the box and Maddy Scott headed it home to make the lead three. After that, the depth of the Raiders kept the Red Hawks in check and handed them the 3-0 loss.
It wasn't all bad for the Red Hawks as Rickli made 13 saves on the day and kept the game within touching distance.
Up next for Simpson is the Beacons from Northwest Christian University who will travel and play in Redding on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 4 p.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
Photo by Paige Barrett
Pictured above: Junior Rebecca Borrelli
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.