By Adam Samson
Stephens Sports Information Director
ANKENY, Iowa – The Stephens College soccer team finally got the result it was searching for with a historic 4-3 victory over Faith Baptist Bible College yesterday. The 4-3 outcome gives the Stars their first win as a program and their first win under the guidance of head coach Xander Kennedy.
“It was one of those days where everything came together,” said Kennedy, the second-year head coach. “Despite cold and windy conditions, the team was feeling good before the game and it carried over into the match. They played their positions as well as I’ve ever seen them and willed themselves to victory. It wasn’t easy, but the Stars finally broke through.”
Not only did the Stars get their first program victory for both eras, but they also recorded their first-ever lead. Sophomore midfielder/forward Ilia Siegwald put Stephens on the scoreboard 54 seconds into the match, which also goes down in the record books as the quickest goal scored by a Star.
Junior Kenzie Andrade added to the Stars’ lead in the 20th minute as she floated one over the Eagle defense and out of reach for Eagles’ goalkeeper Tayler Martinez.
With the offense clicking on all cylinders, the Stars quickly moved upfield and created another scoring opportunity. Less than a minute and a half later, freshman Rose Baka retrieved a pass from Andrade and slid one past the goalkeeper to give the Stars a 3-0 advantage.
The Eagles capitalized on a defensive miscue in the 34th minute and was credited with an own goal. Stephens carried a 3-1 lead into halftime.
Playing with a greater sense of urgency, Faith Baptist managed to score a pair of goals within two minutes of each other. It was Eagles’ Kirsten Passwaters, who scored the equalizer in the 76th minute and tied the match at 3-3.
Luckily, it took just under two minutes for the Stars to put an end to their offensive lull. Stephens College junior captain Kenzie Andrade came through in a big way as she caught the Eagles out of position and knocked in the game-winner in the 78th minute.
Following Andrade’s goal, the Stars buckled down on defense and ultimately kept Faith Baptist out of the box. The Eagles had zero shots and just one corner kick in the final 12 minutes of the contest.
Overall, Faith Baptist Bible College held a 20-13 shot advantage over the Stars. Stephens goalkeeper Briannica Ponder pulled in 13 saves compared to Eagles keeper Tayler Martinez, who made seven stops on the day.
Stephens College will look to continue the momentum from its historic victory as the team travels to Missouri Baptist University on Saturday
for an 8 p.m. match-up.
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