WC women begin year at 0-2

CINCINNATI – The Wilmington College women’s soccer team fell to Mount St. Joseph Saturday, 2-1, in non-conference action at Schueler Field in the Mount St. Joseph Invitational.

After trailing 1-0 at halftime, sophomore Alex Vestal hit the inside of the post from the right flank for the equalizer.

Mount St. Joseph took the lead for good with a goal in the 67th minute.

MSJ held the edge in shots, 7-5, and both teams managed one save over the 90 minutes. WC senior Ana Hosler finished with one save on three shots.

“I was pleased with our effort,” said Wilmington head coach Steve Spirk. “We came out fast and furious in the second half and had a number of scoring chances. They scored late, and I think we ran out of gas.”

Wilmington (0-2) travels to Wittenberg 7 p.m. Wednesday in non-conference action.

On Friday in the tournament, Wilmington lost to Transylvania 1-0.

“We misplayed a ball that led to their break away,” said Spirk. “We gave them their only chance and they took advantage of it.”

Playing in a driving rain the entire match, the ninth-minute goal was the lone tally for either team.

Spirk witnessed some good things on the pitch, but realized his team still needs to make some minor adjustments.

“We moved the ball well, we just missed the final pass,” said Spirk. “We still need to create more opportunities, and we will get better in that regard.”

Vestal finished with a team-high three shots on goal. Hosler took the loss in goal, making three saves on four shots.

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