Patriots Drop Heartland Opener

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The Dallas Baptist Patriot Women’s Soccer Team opened Heartland Conference play, Saturday, dropping a 5-1 contest at St. Edward’s University. The No. 9 Patriots fall to 4-2-0 on the young season, with the 17th-ranked Hilltoppers moving to 5-0-0.

The Patriots got on the board first, as Jake Cox scored on a free kick 29 minutes into the contest, her first goal of the season. Lauren Heller countered for St. Edward’s, putting in a penalty kick goal less than a minute later.

The Hilltoppers took the lead into the half as Rachel Murray broke away to beat DBU goalkeeper, Kerry Edwards, in a one-on-one matchup, with Jessica Traves turning in the assist. After the break, the host club pulled away, getting goals from Ally Lindquist, Megan Anderson, and Riana Soobadoo.

“It was a really tough loss today,” said Patriot Head Coach Michelle Lenard. “We were in contention to win right up to the 60th minute and then our lack of experience and youth really showed through.”

Overall, the Patriots took 13 shots, three on goal, compared to 14 for the SEU club, half of which were on target. Edwards falls to 4-2-0 after making a pair of saves. Danielle Licarione also registered two saves for SEU, moving to 5-0-0.

The DBU club will return to Patriot Field for a pair of games next week. McMurry University visits, Thursday at 5 p.m., and University of Texas-Permian Basin will take on the Patriots, Saturday at noon.

“We will go back to work on Monday trying to fix the problems we had today,” added Lenard. “We’ll bounce back.”