Playing without six frontline players, the Mississippi University for Women women’s soccer team was routed 9-0 on Sunday by the University of Dallas at Lowndes County Soccer Complex.
The Owls (4-7) were outshot 28-1 and, with starting keeper Sarah Gilliland one of the players unavailable, 9 of the 25 shots on goal found the net. Dallas led 3-0 at the half, then scored three times during the first 3 minutes, 13 seconds of the second half to put away the game.
The W goalie tandem of starter Caitlyn Fox and Haven Tuggle combined for 16 saves, the most in a single match by the Owls this season. Fox had seven saves in 55 minutes, and Tuggle registered nine saves in 35 minutes.
On Saturday, the Owls outshot LaGrange College 16-10 but had trouble finding the mark in a 4-1 home loss to the Panthers.
The day did not start well for the Owls, who gave the Panthers their first goal while attempting a clearing header. The ball was misdirected into The W net during the fourth minute.
By the time senior Leah Anderson put the Owls on the board at the 27:10 mark, the Panthers had scored twice. Anderson dribbled through the LaGrange defense and drilled a shot past Panthers goalkeeper Leila Moss for her fifth goal of the season to make it 3-1.
Keeper Caitlyn Fox, starting in place of injured senior Sarah Gilliland, made 4 saves for the Owls.
The W will next be in action at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Blue Mountain College.
Owls streaks end with overtime loss
The W men’s soccer team saw its win streak and its scoreless streak end with a 1-0 overtime loss at Pensacola Christian College.
The loss snapped the Owls winning streak at three matches and also ended their scoreless minutes streak at 384 match minutes.
The W played down a player after Kai VanCourt received a red card in the 27th minute. The Owls then lost starting goalkeeper David McCutchen to an injury during the 65th minute, with starting forward Kyle Rodriguez stepping in for the final 29 minutes in the net.
Yet, The W defenders warded off the Eagles until finally surrendering a goal 3:32 minutes into the first overtime segment.
The Eagles outshot the Owls 20-9, although 7 of 9 shots were on goal. Eleven PCC shots were on goal. McCutchen unofficially made 10 saves before his night was ended.
Freshman Vini Lopes, who had scored in each of the three matches during the winning streak, recorded 5 shots, 4 on goal.
Next up for the Owls is a trip to Blue Mountain College for a 3:30 p.m. game Tuesday.
Strong offensive effort not enough in Pensacola
Despite its strongest attacking effort of the season, the Mississippi University for Women volleyball team lost twice Saturday to Pensacola Christian College, falling by 3-2 and 3-1 scores in Pensacola, Florida.
The Owls (0-12) totaled 50 kills, 13 more than they had in any other match this season, but fell 22-25, 25-14, 17-25, 25-21, 15-12 in the first match. Freshman Hannah Duran led The W with a match-leading 15 kills, 13 assists and 25 digs. She added 3 blocks and 2 service aces to go along with a .462 attack average.
Jasmine Kelly finished with 13 kills, 2 blocks and a .367 attack average, and Maggie Griggs added 11 kills. Sophomore Madison Suggs of Caledonia High School paced the defense with 26 digs, while fellow Caledonia grad Camryn Johnson totaled 20 assists to go along with 9 digs and 2 aces.
Griggs and Kelly each recorded 8 kills as the Owls fell 25-13, 22-25, 25-22, 25-11 in the second match. Sarah White led The W with 9 kills, while freshman Micaela Hudgins of New Hope High School added 5 kills off the bench. Kelly added 4 blocks and 2 aces.
Duran contributed 26 assists and 13 digs, Suggs added 13 digs, and Sydney Horel posted a team-best 15 digs.
On Friday in New Orleans, the Owls were the 11th consecutive victim for Dillard University, which posted a 25-12, 25-19, 25-8 sweep.
White finished with 3 kills, 6 digs and an ace, while Griggs added 3 kills and an ace along with a team-leading 20 attack attempts and 2 aces.
Johnson contributed 7 assists and 6 digs, while Duran posted 6 assists.
The Owls will travel Tuesday to Montgomery, Alabama to face Huntingdon College before returning home Oct. 18 to face Tougaloo College at Pohl Gymnasium.