HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest women’s soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to conference foe St. Ambrose University Tuesday afternoon at Dowling Park.
The Pride (4-10, 2-7 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) cut a 2-0 deficit to the Fighting Bees (10-3-2, 7-2) early in the second half when freshman Morgan Pickens (Highland, Ind./Highland) connected on the first goal of her collegiate career. Pickens, hustling after a ball rolling toward the SAU keeper, blocked the ensuing kick to try to clear and the ball ricocheted high and bounced in to make the score 2-1 in the 52’.
But SAU, who is receiving votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll, showed its offense late in the game, as Maddie Aquilar connected on back-to-back goals in the 85’ and 87’ to put the game away for the visitors.
The Pride trailed at the break, 2-0, as the Bees’ Jess Mlachnik opened scoring in the 9’ on a serve in from a free kick and teammate Elizabeth Shealy added another score in the 17’ on a shot 25 yards out.
St. Ambrose outshot the Pride by a 25-6 margin – 13-4 on goal – and finished with six corner kicks to PNW’s two. Shayna Coy (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) and Shelby Ross (Nashville, Ind./Columbus North) finished with two shots apiece to lead PNW.
Starting keeper Lucie Ashmore (Greystones, Ireland/St. Gerard’s School) took the loss in goal, recording five saves, while second-half keeper Kelley Sharp (Seymour, Ind./Seymour) had four saves in 45 minutes of action.
Purdue Northwest returns to action Saturday when PNW travels to Holy Cross (Ind.) for a CCAC matchup in South Bend, Ind. Game time begins at 1:30 p.m. CT.