Pomeroys dominate possession, lose heartbreaker on Homecoming

Sept. 21, 2013

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind. - The SMWC soccer team hosted Marygrove College today in a clash of top-ten USCAA rivals on Homecoming day. It proved to be a passionate, hard-fought game, with the Pomeroys nearly doubling the Mustangs’ possession in the attacking third, but coming away on the wrong end of a 3-1 outcome.

The host Pomeroys gave their many fans a display of beautiful soccer, possessing and probing in their most consistent show of skill so far in the regular season. The Mustangs, for their part, showed what has brought them results against opponents like the University of Saint Francis: playing physical and relying on the athleticism of forward Jessica Trimmer in counterattacks.  The game swung back and forth early in the match, but the Mustangs were able to spring Trimmer deep into the Woods’ defense, and she found Cheyenne York, who finished to give them an early lead in the 10th minute. The Pomeroys slowly gained the upper hand in possessing and keeping the ball in the Mustang end of the field, but could not find the final pass or shot to equalize until the last second of the first half when Amanda Loebker turned her defender about 25 yards out and launched a shot that caromed in off the crossbar to make the halftime score 1-1.

In the second half, the Pomeroys kept a consistent pressure on the Mustang defense, getting off 11 shots, two of them at point-blank range, but never converting. In an unprecedented move, Marygrove’s Paige Bicoll, cautioned in the first half, was sent off by the referee but not given a second yellow, leaving Marygrove the chance to substitute her and play out the match full strength. In the 84th minute, a pass from the Mustangs’ Sara Ruch found Jessica Trimmer behind the Woods defense, and she finished it to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead. As the Pomeroys pressed the game, the Mustangs scored once more in the 87th minute, on another goal from Jessica Trimmer assisted by Kaitlyn Vigna.

SMWC is now 3-2 and face Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference power Hanover College away on Saturday, September 28.  The match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.