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Late defensive save by Hood holds off Saints in Saturday showdown

Late defensive save by Hood holds off Saints in Saturday showdown

ARLINGTON, Va. – A late opportunity for the Marymount women's soccer team was eliminated on a slide-in defensive save on Saturday afternoon at Long Bridge Park, as Hood College held out for the 1-0 decision in the non-conference matchup. 

The Saints, who outshot the Blazers 16-9 for the match, came out firing early on, taking four shots in the opening 10 minutes including a ripped shot by sophomore Jennifer McKee, but Blazer goalkeeper Rachel Knoebel pulled in her first of three saves for the day. 

With a scoreless draw at the half, the action picked up in the final 45 minutes. In her first collegiate start in the goal, freshman Emma Buck earned her first two saves of her career in the opening two minutes of the restart, pulling in back-to-back shots by the Blazers. 

Trading shots through the half, the lone goal of the game came in the 64th minute. With a corner kick for Hood on the right side of the field, the ball was sent in toward the back post where the ball connected off the head of Hood's Jordan Bailey that redirected to the right side of the net. 

Marymount battled on the offensive end to get the score back to even, with shots on target by sophomore Karen Reyes and junior Mary Catherine Treuting, but Knoebel got her gloves on both. 

In the final three minutes, the Saints saw their best opportunity come once a foul by the Blazers would give MU a free kick outside the right side of the 18-yard box. Sophomore Makayla Dulac sent a high ball to the back post where junior Caroline Phillips took one touch and took a shot at an empty net. With the balling rolling toward the left side, Hood defender Ashley Wiedemann slid in at the last second, stopping the ball at the goal line to seal up the 1-0 decision for the Blazers. 

Buck tended the net for the full 90 minutes, making three saves in her goalkeeping debut. 

The women will head on the for the next two matches, traveling to North Carolina next Wednesday, September 20 for another non-conference matchup against Greensboro. First touch is scheduled for 5 p.m.