Stephens Concludes Soccer Season with 15-0 Loss to Benedictine-SpringfieldStars unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities, including a pair of shots on goal and two crossbar shots
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) With heavy rain and less than ideal playing conditions, the Stephens College soccer team took the field for the final time in 2013 as it hosted Benedictine University at Springfield on Wednesday (Oct. 30). The visiting Bulldogs spoiled Senior Day at Cosmo Park, claiming a 15-0 victory over the Stars.
“It wasn’t a perfectly satisfying conclusion to the season. I think that especially after the lightning delay, our ladies weren’t mentally in it anymore,” said second-year head coach Xander Kennedy.
Polly Mytinger, one of just four upperclassmen, was the only senior on this year’s squad. Playing in her final game as a Star, the defender from Shawnee Mission, Kan. made her 21st career start in 23 appearances.
Benedictine-Springfield wasted no time at all getting on the scoreboard as Taylor McPhillips scored the first goal 71 seconds into the match. Shortly after, the Bulldogs registered two more close calls including a Briannica Ponder save and one off the post. With a 1-0 ballgame, the Stars came knocking on the door as junior midfielder Kenzie Andrade was on a fast break and delivered a well-placed ball to the upper-right corner of the net. Unfortunately, a nice save by Benedictine goalkeeper Lindsay Taylor prevented Stephens from knotting the game at 1-all.
Less than a minute later, Andrade had another scoring opportunity, but came up short as her shot hit the crossbar and went out of play.
Down 5-0 with 15 minutes remaining in the first half, the Stars’ offense moved the ball deep into Bulldog territory and received a penalty kick after junior Kara Henry was tripped up inside the box. Andrade took the PK for Stephens, but for the second time in a row, shot high and nailed the crossbar. Benedictine scored one more goal before halftime to take a 6-0 lead into the break.
Following halftime, a patch of lightning forced the two teams to take cover for a 30-minute delay. When play resumed, Benedictine came back with even more energy and scored nine second-half goals.
For the match, midfielders Kenzie Andrade and Michaela Daniels led the Stars on offense with a combined six shots, including two on goal. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs rattled off 49 attempts and 28 shots on goal.
The Stephens College soccer team finished its second year under head coach Xander Kennedy with a 1-17 overall record, while going winless in AMC action at 0-10. The Stars knocked down several barriers throughout the 2013 season including the first lead, first multi-goal game and first program victory at Faith Baptist Bible College (Oct. 15).
“There are some reasons to be optimistic for the future,” said Kennedy following the match. “We have gotten markedly better this season, however, we also need a better understanding of the sport across the board to really push the program forward.”