Women’s Soccer Drops Two Games at Ashford Tournament to Remain Winless in 2012

Women’s Soccer Drops Two Games at Ashford Tournament to Remain Winless in 2012
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Clinton, Iowa – The Eagles Women’s Soccer team continued to struggle to open the 2012 season, as they lost to Saint Ambrose University (Iowa) 2-0 on Saturday, September 1st and 5-0 to Ashford University (Iowa) on Sunday, September 2nd.  Both teams are receiving votes in the NAIA Pre-season Poll and RMU is now an unprecedented 0-4 to begin the season.

Saturday’s game against Saint Ambrose didn’t start on a good note, as the already short-handed Eagles saw their freshman leading scorer Carolynn Weiland exit the game with an injury just five minutes into the game.  As a result, adjustments were once again made to the RMU line-up and Saint Ambrose exploited it twice within a three minute span to take a 2-0 lead.  Kathleen Dankbar scored at the 26:06 mark and at 29:19 Briana Hunzeker added the second Fighting Bees goal.

The Eagles applied pressure in the second half, outshooting Saint Ambrose 8-6 and held a 3-0 corner kick advantage in the stanza but were unable to dent the back of the net.  Ana Hernandez made two saves in the first half and Darby Bennentt made five saves in the second half in goal for the Eagles.

In the opening minutes of Sunday’s game against Ashford University, it looked like RMU was focused on ending their current losing streak as they controlled play and pressured the Saints goal.  However, a defensive breakdown on a Ashford counterattack led to a Hollie Babut goal in the 16th minute.  The Eagles were caught on their heels for the remainder of the half and the Saints made it 2-0 in the 25th minute on a goal from Alicia Tamburro.  RMU also lost another player to injury early on, as Tavia Anderson left the game and did not return.

The beginning of the second half saw RMU back in control and appeared to close the gap to 2-1 on a Vivianna Garcia goal just ten minutes into the half.  However, the Eagles celebration was cut short as the assistant referee’s flag was raised for an off-sides call thus nullifying the goal.  RMU continued the pressure until another defensive lapse in the 74th minute gave Halla Marinosdottir a goal and Ashford a 3-0 lead.  The Saints tacked on two more goals by Gudrun Eggertsdottir in the 79th minute and Chamea Palmer in the 82nd minute.

Robert Morris goalkeeper Darby Bennett made 13 saves in the loss.

“This is unchartered territory for our program,” stated Eagles Head Coach Kurt Melcher.  “I know we are short-handed right now from a variety of factors, but at the end of the day we need our team to step up and work even harder to make up for those players that are out.  Injuries are part of the game and we need to find a way to overcome them.”

The Eagles schedule doesn’t get any easier as they take on #16 ranked Hastings College (Neb.) on Sunday, September 9th in their home opener.  Kick-off is set for 11:00 A.M. at Redmond Athletic Complex in Bensenville and the game can be heard live on the Eagles Sports Network.  Hastings College eliminated the Eagles in the 2011 NAIA National Tournament Opening Round 3-2 in overtime.

Updated: March 25, 2022 — 11:52 am
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