Despite great effort and commitment, the SPU Women’s soccer team was left scoreless and defeated after their two matches this week against Western Washington University on Thursday, Oct. 5, and Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday, Oct. 7th.
The Falcons match up against WWU was always going to be tough. The Vikings are currently the defending NCAA Division II national champions and remain unbeaten for 34 games straight.
In the 18th minute, Vikings forward Gabriela Pelogi netted the only goal of the game from a corner kick, putting the Falcons on the back foot early in the match. Despite four shots from both midfielder Claire Neder and forward Kasey Reeve, the Falcons were unable to respond, going down 1-0 in Bellingham.
“It was a good hard fought game and everyone on the team worked really hard,” defender Kaytlin Willis said. “We can’t wait to play them again at home.”
Similarly, the Falcons were again unable to come away with a victory on Saturday night after a solid battle against the NNU Crusaders in Nampa, Idaho.
After regular time concluded with a 0-0 score line, the game was sent into overtime. Just 54 seconds into the extra period, the NNU Crusaders capitalized on a Seattle Pacific’s defensive error to score and notch only their third victory in 33 all-time meetings against the Falcons.
“It was a tough game and we weren’t at our best,” goalkeeper Molly Stimson said after her team’s disappointing loss.
“We worked hard and put in a great deal of effort but mentally it wasn’t our day.”
Head coach Arby Busey wants his team to improve on their decision making as they head into their final five games of conference play before finals begin in early November.
“I thought in our last game that our decision-making wasn’t as good as it had been in previous games,” Busey said.
“We got caught up playing a style that wasn’t conducive to our skill set, and that made the game more difficult than it needed to be for us.”
To the Falcons advantage, they will play their remaining four out of five games at home; a place where they have only played just three matches so far in conference play.
“Finally playing at home should be a very good thing for us,” Busey said. “We have to make a conscious effort to make sure that being at home is an advantage, using the comforts of home to help us.”
This Thursday, Oct. 12, the Falcons will make their long awaited return to Interbay Stadium to take on Central Washington University at 7 p.m. and compete to improve their record.
“We have been very good at Interbay Stadium so far and I know playing in front of our fans gives us a boost,” coach Busey said.