Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM
CLEVELAND, Tenn. – The No. 7 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team came up short for the first time this season against No. 16 Vanguard University (Cal.) on Thursday, Sept. 13. The Tigers were sluggish after the long trip, dropping the contest 4-1.
Amanda Couch scored 20 minutes into the game off of a penalty kick and Rachel Rucireta added a second goal off a rebound of a save to put Vanguard up 2-0 in the first half. The Tigers (4-1) were out shot by the Lions 11 to four, with just one shot-on-goal.
“We just weren’t ourselves in the first half,” said head coach Bill Bahr. “We were sluggish and it showed, especially on defense. I don’t want to take anything away from Vanguard though, they are a good team.”
Senior mid-fielder Meghan Pipal (Wheaton, Ill.) scored an unassisted goal at 51:23, to bring the score to 2-1, but the Lion’s added another goal just two minutes later. Vanguard scored their fourth and final goal at 78:54, another rebounded shot off a save.
The Tiger will face No. 3 Lee University at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Sept. 15 in Cleveland, Tenn.