Score: Evangel 0, Baker 2 | Box Score
Record: Evangel (3-6-0, 0-3-0), Baker (5-1-1, 1-0-1)
Location: Springfield, Mo. (Coryell Field)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Valor Women's Soccer hosted the Wildcats of Baker on Wednesday night, looking to snap their conference losing streak. Although Evangel put together a solid second half of play, the Valor fell short, 2-0.
The Valor offense did not get many opportunities to attack in the first half, as the Baker offense kept consistent pressure on Evangel's back defensive line. The Wildcats put up four shots on goal in the first 30 minutes of the game, before Evangel's Ashleigh Fairfax recorded the first Valor shot on goal of the match. The shot was saved by the keeper and marked the only shot for Evangel in the first half. Baker also could not find the back of the net, leading to a 0-0 tie heading into the break.
Baker continued the offensive pressure into the second half and at the 59 minute mark, scored the first goal of the match to take a 1-0 lead. The Valor responded with a Dajah Boykin shot on goal and a Grayson Murphy shot that went wide right, but the Valor offensive pressure increased. At the 71 minute mark, Evangel's Annslee Glenn nearly nailed a shot to tie the game up, but the ball hit off the crossbar to keep Baker ahead. Baker added another goal at the 83 minute mark on a miscommunication between Valor players, leading to an own goal. The Valor were unable to do much more in the remainder of the game, with McKinley Yoder shooting a shot high of the goal in the last minute and a half, as Evangel fell, 2-0.
Boykin and Fairfax both recorded shots on goal in the loss.
Chloe Hancock added 11 saves to her season total on Wednesday.
"I'm proud of how we played this evening. Our effort and play as a team was at one of the highest levels it has been all season long. We matched up well with them throughout the match and the result could have gone either way. We created some real chances - our backs played tremendously this evening, Fairfax did a great job controlling and organizing the center of our defense and we limited their real chances to score," Women's Soccer Head Coach Bruce Deaton stated. "It stings a bit because we played well enough to win tonight. Now we just have to keep pushing since we are ever so close to breaking through to a much higher level. I can't say enough how proud of the ladies I am!"
Evangel will continue their homestand against William Penn on Saturday (Sept. 24) for a noon kickoff.
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