Stars Give Up Eight Goals in Loss to Missouri BaptistSophomore goalkeeper Briannca Ponder was well above her average saves total as she racked up 22 against the Spartans
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – (Box Score) Fresh off its first win in school history, the Stephens College soccer team was faced with the tough task of playing Missouri Baptist, one of the top contenders in the American Midwest Conference. On a brisk Saturday night, under the lights, the Stars pushed themselves to the limits in their 8-0 loss against the Spartans.
Even though Missouri Baptist dominated the time of possession battle, give credit to the Stars’ defense for keeping the Spartans in check throughout the match. Entering the game with the NAIA’s top saves per game average (13.92), sophomore goalkeeper Briannica Ponder pulled in another 22 saves to add to her stat line.
Missouri Baptist got off to an early start with a goal in the ninth minute and added four more to take a 5-0 lead into halftime. After the break, however, the Spartans were limited to three goals on 27 shots.
Offensively, the Stars seemed to be passing the ball more efficiently, but for the fifth time this season, Stephens was shut out and held without a shot attempt. Overall, the Spartans registered 63 shots and took 11 corner kicks.
The Stephens College soccer team, which dropped to 1-13 overall and 0-6 in conference, will be back in action on Tuesday (Oct. 22) with a road match at Hannibal-LaGrange scheduled for 3 p.m.