ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's soccer team closed out its regular season on Wednesday night, falling to Wesley College, 1-0, in Atlantic East Conference action at Long Bridge Park.
The Wolverines did not waste much time to take their lead, finding the back of the net in the third minute of the contest. A through ball to Mackenzie Forsythe opened the opportunity, and she snuck a shot just past the fingertips of senior Sydney Sherman.
Marymount controlled the ball in Wesley's end for much of the first half, reeling off six shots in the next 20 minutes. Putting three shots on frame, the Saints forced Wesley's goalkeeper to make three saves to keep the lead.
The Saints best chance of the first half came in the final 10 minutes of the frame, as junior Jennifer McKee dropped a corner kick into the box. Junior Mary Catherine Treuting got her head on the ball within the six-yard box, but a Wesley defender was able to get in front of the shot to deflect it away.
At halftime, the Saints held an 8-3 lead in shots and a 2-0 edge in corner kicks, despite the one-goal deficit.
Senior Sydney Schultz came into goal for the Saints in the second half and immediately made an impact. Less than 10 minutes into the half, Amanda Moccaldi ripped a shot for the Wolverines, but Schultz made a diving stop to her right side to keep the score at 1-0.
The Saints continued to keep the pressure on in their effort to tie the game. First, junior Karen Reyes was able to get a head on the ball just in from of Wesley's keeper and looked to beat the net-minder, but Wesley's defense was able to keep the ball from crossing the plane.
Schultz then made another great save, punching a Forsythe rip just over the cross bar, reacting quickly to preserve the score and keep Marymount in the contest.
With less than five minutes remaining, Reyes had another shot that was blocked, but senior Courtney Stephens was there to corral the ball and rip a shot. However, the ball went just past the left post.
The Saints were able to lock up the fifth seed in the Atlantic East Conference tournament, as first-round play will begin on Monday, October 29. Marymount will travel to fourth-seeded Marywood University for a first-round contest; the start time is to be determined. Log on to www.marymountsaints.com for more information, as it becomes available.