After a strong first half, the Lady Barons soccer team fell to Mount Aloysius College in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss on Oct. 17 at home.
The Lady Barons fought hard for possession of the ball in the top half of Wednesday’s match, but the two teams shut down each other’s plays before the ball reached either goal. After several shots on both sides, sophomore forward Gracie Tillman finally gained possession and netted a perfect shot, bringing the score to 1-0 with four minutes left in the half. Just 45 seconds later, Tillman managed another shot on goal, showing incredible aggression and speed to end the Barons’ first half on a strong note.
In the first 90 seconds of the second half, Mount Aloysius scored its first goal, thanks to aggression from one of its defenders. With the score now 1-1, the Lady Barons pushed back, keeping the game tied for most of the half.
However, Mount Aloysius managed to put another shot in the back of the net off of a corner kick with only five minutes left in the game, bringing the score to 2-1. The Lady Barons brought great energy to the final minutes of play but were unable to tie the score, ending the game with a loss.
Head coach Bernardo Gonzalez praised his team, saying, “Today’s game was an extremely hard-fought match. We played the best we’ve played all season in the first half, and that put us up 1-0 at halftime.”
Gonzalez’s praise for the players extended to the opposition, as well, and he said, “Mount Aloysius is a well-coached and disciplined team. I felt that we played the better overall game but they put their chances away on their set-pieces. (Junior defender) Emma Cross received the player of the game for playing the full 90 minutes at high intensity and not allowing the other team to break us down defensively.”
The Lady Barons look forward to their next home match against D’Youville College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.