COSTA MESA, Calif. – An early goal would be the difference as the No. 9 Midland University Warriors women’s soccer team fell to No. 11 Vanguard University 1-0 on Thursday afternoon.
Early fouls by Vanguard gave Midland the chance for three shots, but none could find the back of the net as two were blocked by defenders and one went wide of goal. The Lions responded to the offensive pace and registered a goal in the fourth minute to go up 1-0. The Warriors continued to pressure the defense but could not find the equalizer and went into halftime trailing by one goal.
“The first leg of our trip didn’t start the way we wanted,” commented head coach Greg Jarosik. “After hitting the post in the first 20 seconds, we gave up a goal on their first shot and that was the difference the rest of the way.”
Vanguard held a slight 8-7 edge in shots through the first half. Midland goalkeeper Rachel Thigpen had four saves in the half.
In the second half Vanguard crafted up a play that found their player one on one with goalkeeper Thigpen, but a savvy, sliding block from the Midland keeper erased the opportunity to hold the score at 1-0 in the 75th minute. A yellow card against the Lions in the 88th minute would give the Warriors a late chance, but the shot would sail high and Vanguard would run the clock to secure the win.
Vanguard outshot Midland 19-14 including an 11-5 shots on goal advantage. With the win, Vanguard improves to 1-1 on the year while Midland falls to 0-1-1.
“We have to learn that good teams punish your mistakes and the goal in each of our first two games were on us not being sharp early. It was a good game and we will work to get better before Saturday when we play a difficult ACU team.”
Midland (0-1-1) will look to regroup as they face Arizona Christian (1-1) on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. (CT) to wrap up their competition in California.