ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's soccer team hosted No. 1 Messiah College on Wednesday evening at Long Bridge Park, holding strong in the first half but dropped the decision, 5-0.
The Falcons came out fast, putting up five shots within the first 10 minutes, however, sophomore goalkeeper Maia Pappadakis was up for the challenge making all five saves.
Pappadakis made 12 saves in the first half alone, keeping the high-scoring Falcons scoreless through the first 45 minutes. Messiah has 24 goals through eight games, and have only been held scoreless through the first half of play against two other teams in No. 4 William Smith and No. 5 Johns Hopkins.
The Saints' lone opportunity in the half came from senior Karen Reyes in the 20th minute as she beat her defender, but her shot went inches wide.
After the second half whistle, the Falcons got hot, putting three in the back of the net before the 70th minute, and added two more later down the stretch to seal up the decision.
Pappadakis registered a career-high 20 saves for the game.
The women's soccer team hosts Stevenson University this Saturday, September 28 at Long Bridge Park in its next matchup. First touch is set for 1 p.m.