The Spring Hill College women's soccer team suffered a 3-1 downturn versus the 12th-ranked Martin Methodist College RedHawks in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) contest at Library Field on Friday afternoon.
The RedHawks (12-4-1, 8-2 SSAC) held a 1-0 lead at the intermission after Taylor Samsel accepted an assist from Jennifer Loewen and scored in the 15th minute of play off a shot from 16 yards out directly in front of the goal on a ball that just scampered to the right of SHC starting goalkeeper Abby Massengale.
Spring Hill tied the game in the 65th minute when Aedan Stranahan lifted a free kick into the top drawer from 30 yards out that just slipped through the fingers of leaping RedHawk keeper Aisling Dyer.
Loewen tallied the game-winner in the 76th minute when she cleaned up a rebounded shot by Anthoula Papaioannou that was first saved by reserve Badger keeper Maggie Dalessio, but then ricocheted to the feet of Loewen who poked in the goal from three yards out. Fabiola Sanchez salted the game away in the 80th minute when she headed in a perfectly placed corner kick by Samsel.
Dalessio took the loss in goal in with two saves versus five shots in relief of Massengale who had one save against five shots. Dyer was the winner with three saves in the face of 10 SHC shots. MMC took five corner kicks and SHC took just one attempt from the corners.
The Badgers (10-7, 5-5 SSAC) will close out 2013 regular season with a home match against the Bethel University Lady Wildcats (4-11, 3-7 SSAC) at Library Field on Saturday at 1 p.m. Before the match, Spring Hill will honor their four senior team members with the annual Senior Day ceremony.