The Alma College Women's Soccer team began their 2012 season on Friday afternoon against #9 Washington University in St. Louis, dropping a tough 2-1 decision to a tough Bears squad. The Scots will next play at Webster (Mo.) University on Sunday afternoon before opening up their home schedule against national power UC-Santa Cruz at Scotland Yard on Tuesday afternoon.
"All of us are disappointed about the final result of today's match," said Alma Head Coach Jeff Hosler. "I believe the girls deserved better and I think we learned some valuable lessons from this afternoon. I believe our young players grew and that is what the non-conference schedule is about. We really competed for 90 minutes and you knew you were watching two teams that won 18 games last season."
The first half was scoreless but highlighted by a spectacular scoring opportunity by Alma So. F Mackenzie Smith (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel). She came in on a breakaway and got two shots on goal off but could not get them by Bears GK Clara Jaques, keeping the game 0-0 heading into halftime.
Fr. F Kalyn Berinti (Plymouth, Mich./Canton) notched her first collegiate goal at the 66:08 mark to give Alma a short-lived 1-0 advantage. Washington tied it at 1-1 on a goal by Anna Zambricki at 67:18 and then scored the game-winner at the 86:00 mark, when Kate Doyle converted on a penalty kick. The score gave the home team the 2-1 win.
For the Scots, So. GK Morgan Waier (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) was solid in net, making four saves, while Smith led the way with her two shots on goal. Jr. D/M Autumn Root (Haslett, Mich./Haslett) had a shot on goal for the visitors.
The game was delayed for over 20 minutes in the first half due to a tornado warning on campus. The severe weather was a result of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac that hit in Louisiana earlier in the week.