Pomeroy struggles continue against Oakland City

Oct. 22, 2013

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. – After two straight games on the road, the SMWC soccer team found themselves back at home on Tuesday against the Lady Oaks of Oakland City University.  It was a typical cold and wet fall afternoon at The Woods as both teams squared off in their second meeting of the season.  After falling behind 2-0 at the half, the Pomeroys were unable make a comeback and eventually fell to the visitors by a final score of 4-1.

Still out with injuries, the Pomeroys began the game without defender Dulce Chavez and midfielder Julie Debish.  In the early stages of the first half, the Pomeroys and Lady Oaks shared equal amounts of possession as both teams looked to create scoring chances of their own.  Oakland City would strike first in the 32nd minute when Mary Lee was able to beat Pomeroy goalkeeper Georgie Macy off a through ball from Allie Schechner from close range.  Three minutes later, the Lady Oaks would strike again, this time a shot from distance by Carmen Van Winkle.  The Pomeroys could not grab a goal back by halftime and trailed 2-0 at intermission. 

In the second half, the Pomeroys came out eager to get on the scoreboard early.  They had many trips into the Oakland City defensive third, but were unable to find a final pass that would beat Oakland City goalkeeper Eleni Moreland.  The Lady Oaks would extend their lead to three goals when Carmel Van Winkle scored her second goal of the game on a through ball from Tori Flowers in the 56th minute.  The Pomeroys would respond quickly, scoring their lone goal of the game a minute later when Liz DeMoss found a streaking Sarah Robinson at the far post and was able to knock it off her body for the score.  Both DeMoss and Robinson earned their first assist and goal of the season. 

Shortly after, the Pomeroys would dominate possession and had a flurry of chances at the Oakland City net.  The strongest came when Samantha Morrison beat Moreland off the dribble inside the Oakland City 18-yard box, but her shot hit the crossbar as it deflected off a Lady Oak defender.  The last score of the game would belong to the visitors as Mary Lee’s free kick in the 88th minute trickled through the Pomeroy net off a deflection.       

The Pomeroys have dropped four straight games as their record falls to 4-7-1.  They will travel to Belleville, Ill. on Saturday with a match against USCAA foe Lindenwood-Belleville in their first of two final games of the season.