USUE Women’s Soccer Struggles Against SLCC

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USU Eastern Press Release

Women’s soccer lost to the Salt Lake Community College Bruins twice over the weekend in Herriman.

The Eagles lost to the Bruins on Friday by a score of 3-0 to pick up their first loss of the season.

Salt Lake’s Zoe Moses scored a goal in the first 10 minutes of the game to go up 1-0. Less then 15 minutes later, the Eagles allowed Salt Lake’s Samantha Tippetts to add a goal.

“We played incredibly bad, we gave up two really stupid goals inside the first 23 minutes,” said USU Eastern head coach Ammon Bennett.

The USU Eastern defense prevented the Bruins from scoring a goal in the second half until there was less than four minutes left in the game. Baylie Saunders scored the final goal of the game in the 86′ minute for Salt Lake to keep her team undefeated.

Coach Bennett said that his team just couldn’t get past the mistakes they were making on the field to get the win.

“We couldn’t really possess the ball and made a lot of mistakes. Salt Lake is a solid team but most of the game was our own errors,” said Bennett.

On Saturday, the Eagles lost a much closer game of 2-1 to the Bruins. It was a much better outing for the Eagles against the Bruins as they shutout the Bruins in the first 85 minutes of the game.

“We had to play a lot of defense and we played a little bit better today,” said Bennett.

In the 85′ minute, Salt Lake’s Samantha Tippetts added a goal to break the 0-0 tie. Not even a minute later, the Bruins scored another goal off the foot of Madison Schmidt to go up 2-0.

USU Eastern eventually got on the board quickly after the Schmidt goal when Ellie Putnam found the back of the net.

The Eagles didn’t give up in the final three minutes of the game. With 10 seconds left to go, they had a corner that nearly went in to tie the game.

Even though his team showed improvement from the first game against Salt Lake to the second, Bennett said his team didn’t play like they have been the previous three weeks.

“They worked hard but our overall play was down and we just didn’t connect well on passes,” said Bennett.

Women’s soccer now has a 4-2-1 overall record and a 1-2-1 conference record. This week they will host Otero on Saturday in a non-conference game at 11 a.m.

Saturday’s game is a special fundraiser for current Eagle Sophie Cannon and her family as she has fought Leukemia over the past 18 months. Those who plan to attend Saturday’s game will be asked to make a donation for admission into the game.

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