Stephens Suffers 9-0 Setback at Home Against William WoodsFreshman midfielder Sammy Dorman registers the Stars' first shot in four matches
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) In three of the past four matches, the Stephens College soccer team had been held scoreless and without any shot attempts, but in Sunday’s match against William Woods University, the team managed to record a shot in the waning minutes. Albeit snapping the long streak of minutes without a shot, the Stars suffered a 9-0 setback in American Midwest Conference play and dropped to 0-12, 0-5 AMC.
Five different Owl players found the back of the net in the first half, including a header and two that sailed top shelf and out reach for Stephens College goalkeeper Briannica Ponder.
Dominating the first-half statistics, William Woods notched 33 shots and 14 on goal in the first stanza. Meanwhile, the Stars’ Ponder recorded nine of her 10 saves on the day in the first half.
After the break, the Stars found a bit of life on both offense and defense. Defensively, Stephens significantly cut down on the Owls’ shot attempts, limiting the visitors to just nine shots. Offensively, the Stars began to connect on their passes late in the match and registered their only shot of the game in the 88th minute. Freshman midfielder Sammy Dorman was credited with the shot.
William Woods starting goalkeeper Brittany Griffin and backup Kelly Abernathy combined for the shutout, giving the Owls their opponent for the third time in four matches.
The Stephens College soccer team has a quick turnaround and returns to the pitch on Tuesday (Oct. 15) with an away, non-conference contest with Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa.