@INTechWSoccer Loses Fort Wayne Cup to USF, 3-1


September 16, 2013

RESULTS | FORT WAYNE, Ind. –The Indiana Tech women’s soccer team lost possession of the Fort Wayne Cup on Monday night with a 3-1 loss to the University of St. Francis (Ind.) at Warrior Field.

The Cougars (5-3) struck first with a goal 30 seconds into play as Heather Jones sent a cross that was kicked away by the Warriors (4-2-1) but found the feet of Nicole Stephan for the Cougars. Stephan sent a pass to Katie Barker who sent the ball towards the goal and just over the outstreched arm of Jordan Roell for the 1-0 lead.

The Cougars had several more opportunities throughout the early going, but couldn’t capitalize and led to an offensive chance for the Warriors as Natalie Zimmerman sent a long pass to Jessica Zurcher who ran onto the ball and dribbled into the box. Zurcher beat her defender and was taken down as she went to attempt the shot, granting Tech a penalty kick. Zimmerman took the kick and though Cougars’ keeper Sammy Scaringelli guessed right, but Zimmerman put the ball just out of reach for the equalizer.

The Cougars dominated the time of possession and outshot the Warriors 10-7 including a 6-1 margin in shots on goal. The difference between a USF lead and the tie was a hard foul in the penalty box that allowed Tech a PK to even the score.

St. Francis was active on the offensive end again in the second half and at 31:45 they finally broke through as Jones received the ball at the top of the box, beat her defender and drilled the shot into the lower left 90, just out of the reach of Roell for the 2-1 lead.

Just a minute later the Cougars netted their third goal of the game as a free kick was sent into the box and the Warriors failed to clear the ball and it was headed by Stephan and Barker and landed at the feet of Katelyn Strout. Strout knocked the ball past two defenders, into an open net for the two goal advantage.

The chances were few and far between for Tech in the second half as well as the Warriors tallied just six shots compared to 14 for the Cougars who also tallied seven shots on goal to just two for the Warriors. USF also dominated corner kicks 6-2.

The Warriors return to the pitch on Saturday, Sept. 21 at noon when they host Aquinas for their WHAC opener.

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