Belles look to avenge stinging Hornet loss
By LINDSAY MOLLAN
The Saint Mary's soccer team takes on Kalamazoo College this Saturday at noon in their fourth consecutive away game.
The Belles, who have won two of their last three away games, have become accustomed to playing on the road and feel confident about Saturday's game.
But Kalamazoo will still be a tough opponent for Saint Mary's.
The Kalamazoo Hornets are currently tied with the Calvin Knights for second in the league, with a record of 7-1. A victory against Kalamazoo would do a lot for the Belles' ranking.
"Right now we're tied for fourth and we want to maintain that status because no Saint Mary's soccer team has ever been higher than fifth. So that's one of our goals," said senior Katie Robinson.
In order to preserve their position in the league and improve upon their 3-5 record, the Belles will have their work cut out for them.
Kalamazoo's Jessica Geiger, Stacey Nastase and Adrienne Beller have all been named MIAA defensive players of the week this season. In order to prepare for the Hornet defense, the Belles have been working on following up their shots, making accurate passes and marking up.
"We know that we can play with them," said sophomore Katie Green. "We just have to finish our shots."
Saturday's game will be the second time that Saint Mary's has faced off against Kalamazoo this season. The Hornets defeated the Belles 9-1 in the first meeting.
The team is not discouraged by the unevenness of their first encounter.
"I feel a lot more prepared to play them now because we've played well against a lot of other teams in the conference," said Robinson.
Saint Mary's believes that Saturday's game will be much closer than the first time the two teams played and that an improved intensity will be their key to victory.
"The first time we played them we came out timid and weren't ready to play but now we're a lot more confident," said Robinson.
All Sports Stories for Friday, October 12, 2001