ST. LOUIS, MO (LYON) – The Lyon College women's soccer team converted only one of 18 shots on goal Saturday afternoon, but it was enough for the Scots as they shut down Harris-Stowe State University for the squad's sixth shutout of the season. The 1-0 road victory over the Hornets clinched a spot in the upcoming American Midwest Conference postseason tournament.
The Scots are now unbeaten in their last three contests and have only given up one goal in those matches. Lyon improved to 10-5-1 and is within two wins of the program's all-time best of 12, accomplished in the 2008 and 2010 seasons. The Scots, who have allowed one goal or less in 13 of their 16 games this season, are now 5-4 in American Midwest Conference action and sitting in sixth place the league. They are two games ahead of eighth-place Benedictine University at Springfield (Ill.), which holds the final of the conference's eight postseason tourney bids.
Lyon College may have scored only one goal, but the Scots dominated the game statistically. The Scots posted 30 shots in the match, with 18 of those coming on goal. Meanwhile, they held the Hornets (1-12-1, 1-8-1 AMC) to only one shot, which was not on goal.
The contest was scoreless through the first 45 minutes, despite the fact that Lyon posted 15 shots to Harris-Stowe's one. The Scots then outshot the Hornets 15-0 in the second half.
Scot sophomore forward Maria Alonzo (Guatemala City, Guatemala) recorded her second game-winning goal of the season and her eighth goal overall when she took a pass from freshman midfielder Elyse Albright (5th assist) at the 67:15 mark and slammed the ball into the back of the net. Alonzo finished the game with a pair of shots, both coming on goal.
Lyon College junior goalkeeper Stephanie Spiteri (Hayward, Calif.) picked up her ninth win of the season (9-5-1) and her sixth shutout of the year without facing a shot. Casey Scherr was the losing goalkeeper for the Hornets, despite recording 17 saves.
Sophomore Hannah Osmon (Mountain Home, Ark.) paced the Scots' offensive charge with nine shots, five of which were on goal. Sophomore Monica Ayala (Bogota, Colombia) posted seven shot attempts, with three of them coming on goal. Albright (Maumelle, Ark.) added four shots, while senior Katy Nalven (Tempe, Ariz.), Marcela Perez (Guatemala City, Guatemala), Kara Blackwell (Conway, Ark.) and Alonzo each posted two shots.
Lyon College will now close out the regular season Saturday (Nov. 2) at Jackson, Tenn. against Freed-Hardeman University (3 p.m.). The top eight squads qualify for the AMC tourney, with the first four seeds hosting first-round contests. Opening matchups will take place on Friday, Nov. 8. If the regular season ended today, Lyon would travel to Missouri Baptist University for the first-round matchup.