KWU Women’s Soccer Falls to Concordia
KSAL Sports - September 9, 2013 5:57 am
BALDWIN CITY – After scoring four goals in the first half, just one second half goal that happened to not go the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes’ way ended up being the difference maker as the Concordia (Calif.) Eagles knocked off the Coyotes 3-2 in a neutral site match at the North Park Soccer Complex.
Wesleyan struck first as Roxy Gomez broke free against the Concordia defense and went one-on-one with Concordia goalkeeper Jazmin Alvarez, sliding the ball inside the far post for the score in the 13th minute.
Seven minutes later, Concordia was in the net with an equalizer goal. The Eagle offense sent a ball over the top that was knocked down by Alexis Garcia-Irons who was able to bounce the ball past a defender and past keeper Emily Tielrooy for the 20th minute goal.
After another goal by the Eagles when Carly Mottram cleaned up a deflection in the box to give them a 2-1 lead in the 33rd minute, Concordia threatened again in the 34th and 35th minutes with three straight corners, but Wesleyan’s defense was able to keep the ball out of the goal.
Wesleyan caught a huge break in the 36th minute when forward Sarah Granato battled with a Concordia defender at the top of the penalty area, and the defender slipped and fell and reached out and grabbed the ball leading to a penalty that Crystal Sanchez easily converted for the equalizer for the Coyotes.
Undaunted against the tough Concordia team and even tougher weather conditions as temperatures soared over 100 degrees with clear skies and very little wind, the Coyotes went on the offensive to start the second half.
The shots finally started coming for the Coyotes about 10 minutes into the second half as Sanchez had a chance to score in the 59th and Melissa Martinez had another chance in the 63rd, but neither shot could find the back of the net.
Concordia got what turned out to be the decisive goal in the 73rd minute when Megan Daniels broke free along the right side and slide a ball inside the far post for the goal.
The Eagles turned up the defensive pressure on the Coyotes, holding Wesleyan to just two shots the rest of the way, but Emma Rogers nearly scored another equalizer in the 89th minute, but Alvarez would make a great diving save on the play.
Wesleyan outshot the Eagles 13-11 led by Sanchez with three. Tielrooy had two saves in goal for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes return to action on Wednesday beginning a run of three straight matches against nationally ranked opponents when they head to Atchison to take on No. 19 Benedictine at 5 p.m. The Coyotes then head to Florida to take on No.6 ranked Embry-Riddle (Fla.) on Friday and No. 10 ranked Northwood (Fla.) on Sunday before the home opener a week from Tuesday against MidAmerica Nazarene at 8:30 p.m. at Salina Stadium.