The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch soccer team came up short on Saturday morning to the Bradford Lady Owls, losing 4-1 in the consolation match of this year's Bucktail Tournament, which was held at the St. Marys Area High School soccer field.
St. Marys coach Dr. Bob Schmidt remarked that the Lady Dutch squad is "a work in progress."
"Some mistakes in the first half kept [the score] from being close," Schmidt said.
While it took a while for both teams to get going, the Lady Dutch were able to start off strong by getting on the board first when Stephanie Yetzer scored the team's only goal with 28:49 remaining in the first half to give St. Marys the early 1-0 lead.
It did not take Bradford long to answer, though, as the Lady Owls scored three goals in a span of just over 10 minutes.
Kate Visbisky started things off by putting the ball past St. Marys keeper Mia Keener with 24:12 remaining to tie the game at 1-all. Visbisky scored again on an assist about six minutes later at the 18:29 mark to put the Lady Owls up 2-1. A goal by Bradford's Megan Tingley with 13:18 remaining gave the Lady Owls a 3-1 lead headed into halftime.
During the first half, St. Marys had four shots on goal, while Bradford had nine shots on goal and one corner kick.
Both teams struggled to put the ball in the net during the second half, as both keepers did a good job of stopping shots and the two teams continuously fought for control of the ball.
Tingley added Bradford's final score with 2:37 remaining to give the Lady Owls a 4-1 victory.
Bradford had 12 shots on goal and one corner kick during the second half, while St. Marys had seven attempts.
The Lady Dutch will be back in action this afternoon as they play host to the Kane Lady Wolves in a 4 p.m. match at the St. Marys Area High School soccer field.