Late Surge Provides Exciting Finish for AMC-Opening Loss to HSSUThe Stars scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes, but fell 5-2 to the Hornets
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) Although the Stephens College soccer team remains winless in eight games, the group came away from Wednesday’s 5-2 loss with a huge swing of momentum. Held scoreless during the first 87 minutes of the conference-opener with Harris-Stowe State, the Stars rattled off back-to-back goals, within two minutes of each other.
It marks the second game in a row that the Stephens defense has held its opponent to five goals or less. Simultaneously, the Stephens offense has scored in four of the last five matches, while scoring twice in each of the past two contests.
The visiting Hornets got on the scoreboard at the 2:42 mark, but were held in check by the vastly improving Stars’ defense for the next 25 minutes. HSSU notched two more goals to take a 3-0 lead into halftime. At the break, the Hornets held an 11-3 shot advantage over the Stars.
Stephens (0-8-0, 0-1-0 AMC) looked to cut into the Harris-Stowe State lead early in the second stanza and had a golden opportunity 10 minutes in. Junior captain Kenzie Andrade nearly put the Stars on the board with her shot that ricocheted off the crossbar. Shortly after freshman Rose Baka gained control of the deflected ball, the forward was tackled from behind in the box, which earned the Stars a penalty kick. Sophomore Dani Wilson took the freebie, but pushed the ball slightly left of the post.
Harris-Stowe tacked on two more goals, including a header in the 84th minute, to extend its lead to 5-0. Then came the Stars’ offensive outpouring. Avenging her missed PK, Dani Wilson booted the ball off the hands of HSSU goalkeeper Casey Scherr and into the net from 25 yards out.
Fired up by Wilson’s goal, defender Jazmin Gac pushed upfield, and from a similar distance, sailed the ball over the keeper’s head. The goal came in the 89th minute with just 1:05 remaining in the match.
Averaging 11.14 saves per game, sophomore goalkeeper stayed on pace with 12 stops on Wednesday (Sept. 25). Offensively, the Stars recorded nine shots and three shots on goal.
A crosstown battle at (RV) Columbia College awaits the Stephens Stars next. Gametime is set for Thursday (Sept. 26) at 7 p.m.