Women’s soccer falls to Minnesota in away game

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Last week the BG women’s soccer team played their first away series for the season in St. Paul, Minn.

Thursday they played the University of Minnesota and lost 7-0. Saturday they played Western Kentucky University and lost 2-1.

Minnesota advanced to 3-2-0 and Western Kentucky advanced to 4-1-0 while the Falcons dropped to 1-4-0.

The Falcons held the Lady Toppers of Western Kentucky off from scoring until 43:41 in the first half, when Torrie Lange scored the first goal of the game.

“I think it would have been fair to be tied 0-0 at the end of the first half,” said head coach Kellie Evans. “But we kind of checked out for that last minute which we have had some issues with which puts ourselves in a hole.”

Almost six minutes into the second half, Chrissy Tchoula scored a second goal for the Lady Toppers.

At about 67 minutes into the game, BG sophomore Sidney Huth scored her first goal of the season, and the only goal for the Falcons, to make the final score 2-1. Freshman Demy Whitaker got the assist, her second of the season.

In Thursday’s game vs Minnesota, goalkeeper Becca Ison was in the net for 70:44 and made seven saves. Freshman goalkeeper Jenna Underwood, who made her collegiate debut, was in the net for 19:16 and made four saves for the Falcons.

Minnesota goalkeeper Cat Parkhill was in the net for 73:13 and made one save. Kristen Knutson was in the net for 16:47 and also made one save.

“Minnesota has a very good team, they are big, strong, very athletic and are a motivated team,” Evans said. “Our girls really gave a lot of effort and obviously we would have liked different results, but overall we just came up against some good opponents and fell short.”

BG goalkeeper Ison played the entire game against Western Kentucky and made three saves. Nikki Hall was in the net for the Lady Toppers and made seven saves.

“We came back stronger in the second half and got one in at the very end,” Evans said. “We had some other opportunities to have tied it up, but we are just going to have to go back to the drawing board and regroup and organize some stuff and continue to push forward and get ready for Valparaiso.”