Lady Roos suffer first defeat

Luke Harman

The women’s soccer team suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of a favored Creighton team Thursday night at Durwood Soccer Stadium.

The Roos’ record fell to 0-1-2, while the Creighton Bluejays improved to 2-0.

The Jays came out with all guns blazing in the opening half-hour as they recorded eight shots in comparison to the Roos’ one attempt on goal.

Five minutes of hell saw the Roos fall behind as Jays forward Brittany Neumann scored off a precise ball by teammate Lauren Cingoranelli in the 33rd minute.

That was soon followed by a goal by Erin Gunther.

Her powerful, unassisted goal gave her team a commanding 2-0 lead at halftime.

However, the new-look women’s team showed great determination and character in its second-half display and dominated possession and tempo.

Unfortunately, luck was not on the home team’s side as Taylor Bare was flagged for a much-debated and controversial offside call after she had beaten the Creighton keeper with ease midway through the second half.

After a further series of half-chances and unlucky bounces, the Roos were still unable to score.

Although defeated, the team has performed well in all three of its games so far this season.

Head Coach Chris Cissell’s additions have looked promising. Freshman Sophie Rackham looked comfortable as a midfielder.

Left-back Meagan Molloy showed great energy and determination while sophomores Ashley Gann and Taylor Bare were a constant threat to the Jays’ defense.

Up next for the Lady Roos is a two-game trip to Florida, where they will challenge both Florida International (Sept. 2) and Florida Atlantic (Sept. 4).

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