Pirates Can't Overcome First Half Deficit Against MaristDate: September 7, 2017
By: Matthew Lapolla
The Seton Hall Pirates women’s soccer team fell to the Marist Red Foxes 1-0 on Thursday night at Owen T. Carroll Field.
Seton Hall got off to an uncharacteristically strong start on the attack, putting up four shots in the opening 25 minutes. Marist was held in check for most of the first half, but they made the most of their first attacking opportunity. In the 27th minute, Camille Bowen of the Red Foxes snuck a header right past Seton Hall’s goalkeeper Anna MacLean.
"This is clearly one of those games that we were definitely the dominant team,” head coach Rick Stainton said after the game. “Created way too many chances, and we gave them one free opportunity. Unfortunately, that’s been our Achilles heel."
Alexa Svensson was credited with the assist on the lone goal of the match. Seton Hall continued to press the attack, taking five more shots in the first half and another ten in the second half, but they were not able to find the back of the net. In total, the Pirates outshot the Red Foxes 19-6, but Marist walked away with the victory.
“We’ve got to finish,” Coach Stainton said. “There’s a difference between good attackers and attacking personalities, but we need finishers. We need someone who can step in and put whatever it takes on the ball and put it in the back of the net.”
Seton Hall falls to 0-4- 1 on the young season, while Marist improves to 3-3- 0. Despite the loss, Coach Stainton believes that there were plenty of positive takeaways for the Hall in this match.
“We combined very well, we had outside backs getting into the attack,” Coach Stainton said. “We were able to shoot, we earned a ton of corner kicks, which is something that we haven’t done in quite a long time.”
The Pirates return to action on Sunday, September 10 when they head to Pittsburgh to face Duquesne, the first of a two-game road stint.
“Duquesne is one of the top teams in the A10,” Coach Stainton said. “They’re going to be feisty and dynamic, and they’re going to be a well-organized team. But we’re a well-organized team. We can generate some really good things going forward.”
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