Stars Shutout 16-0 by Relentless Lyon OffenseOn Tuesday, Stephens goalkeeper Briannica Ponder broke a 25-year-old NAIA record for saves in single game with 36
BATESVILLE, Ark. – (Box Score) From the very start of Tuesday’s American Midwest Conference (AMC) soccer match between Stephens College and Lyon College, the Scots’ offense was operating at record-pace. Meanwhile, the Stars were unable to gain any ground offensively as Lyon College cruised to a 16-0 victory.
Defensively, the short-handed Stephens team held Lyon in check for the first 30 minutes, allowing just two goals. During the next 60 minutes of play, the Scots’ offense found the back of the net 14 more times, including 10 second-half goals.
It was a busy day for goalkeeper Briannica Ponder and the Stars’ defense. As the final whistle sounded, the Scots had amassed an astounding 93 shots and 52 shots on goal. Ponder, who entered Tuesday’s match ranked second in the NAIA in saves per game (12.2), accounted for 36 saves at Lyon College. Her 36 stops broke a 25-year-old NAIA record for saves in a single game, previously set by Carrie Schroeder of Tiffin University, who recorded 30 saves.
After opening AMC play on Sept. 25 with a two-goal performance against Harris-Stowe State, the Stars have been held scoreless and without a shot attempt in three straight league matches. In the past three games, Stephens has been outscored by Columbia (Mo.), Park (Mo.) and Lyon (Ark.), 51-0.
The Stars (0-11-0, 0-4-0 AMC) return to Cosmo Park for their second-to-last home match of the season on Sunday (Oct. 13). Stephens will host AMC opponent William Woods University at 4 p.m.