SMC SOCCER: Belles ground Flying Dutch
Saturday's 1-0 victory was a sweet one for Saint Mary's. The Belles not only brought home another win, they also defeated a Flying Dutch team that beat them by one goal earlier this season.
After an early goal, the game was a defensive struggle.
Freshman Jen Concannon scored the goal 12 minutes into play. Although Hope had more shots on goal, Saint Mary's freshman goalie Maureen MacDonald managed to hold off the Flying Dutch throughout the entire match.
The last time the two teams faced off, Hope took the game 2-1 at the Belles home field.
The Belles seem more comfortable on the road, however.
"It was our second away game and we won," Concannon said. "I think it showed that we can adjust just as well as other teams."
With a first year head coach, 13 freshmen and an 0-5 start, things were looking bleak for the Belles. However, with six games left in the season, the Belles are improving.
Concannon was named offensive player of the week in the MIAA last week and junior captain Heather Muth was nominated for the same honor this week.
The Belles are now ranked fifth in the MIAA with a record of 5-6, 3-4 in the MIAA, with all five wins coming in the last two weeks.
"The beginning of the season was a transition," junior captain Heather Muth said. "We had a new coach and a lot of new players but things are coming together now."
The Belles continue their string of away games on Tuesday against third-ranked Calvin College at 4 p.m.
This will be the second match up between the Knights and the Belles. Saint Mary's is looking to avenge the 1-3 loss from earlier in the season.
"We're excited coming off this win," Muth said. "We're really pumped for the rest of the season."
All Sports Stories for Monday, October 8, 2001