Lyon women's soccer falls in conference opener

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – For the second straight match the Lyon College women's soccer team failed to post five shots, which has now translated into two straight losses for the Scots. Lyon managed only three shots in 90 minutes on Wednesday in a 1-0 American Midwest Conference opening loss to Missouri Baptist University at Christian Brothers College's High School Stadium.

The Scots (5-2), who started the season with five consecutive wins, fall to 0-1 in league play. Missouri Baptist improved to 3-3-1 on the year, 1-0 in AMC action.

Lyon was held to a pair of shots Saturday in a 4-0 setback to Christian Brothers University. The Scots suffered their first road loss of the season on Wednesday to drop to 4-1 away from home.

Junior goalkeeper Stephanie Spiteri (Hayward, Calif.) kept the Scots in the game for more than 85 minutes as she recorded 10 saves. The teams entered the final five minutes of the matchup in a scoreless tie.

But Missouri Baptist's Anna Recer took a pass from Lauren Clinton with 4:24 remaining and managed to get it past Spiteri for the game's only goal. It was Recer's second goal of the season and Clinton's initial save.

Missouri Baptist, which outshot Lyon 25-3, owned an 8-1 advantage in shots at the break, but the Scots fought to a 0-0 tie. The Spartans, who managed 11 shots on goal for the match, squeaked out the win by holding Lyon to only one shot on goal.

Sam Schulze picked up the win in goal for the Spartans, who defeated Lyon for only the second time to knot the series between the two programs at 2-2. She posted one save, as she improved her record to 3-3-1. Schulze has 43 saves on the season.

Lyon College sophomore Marcela Perez (Guatemala City, Guatemala) came off the Lyon bench to lead the team in shot attempts, posting two. Freshman Elyse Albright (Maumelle, Ark.) added one shot.

The Scots won't have long to regroup as they return home for a league match on Saturday against Benedictine University at Springfield (Ill.). The Lady Bulldogs are currently 1-6 on the season, 0-1 in AMC play after falling to Columbia College, 7-0, on Tuesday.

Saturday's league matchup will be a part of a women-men doubleheader, getting underway at 1 p.m. at J. Marshall Huser Field. There will be no live audio/video/stats for the matchup because of conflicting home events on the Batesville campus.