Redhawks Fall to Bulldogs, 3-1
Oct. 16, 2005
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Sunday, October 16, 2005) The battle for the top spot in the Ohio Valley Conference standings at Houck Stadium on Sunday saw the visiting Samford Bulldogs come out on etop as they defeated the Redhawks 3-1 in a physical game that was closer than the final score indicated. The match-up of the OVC's top defenses lived up to the billing as both teams combined for only nine total shots and five shots on goal.
The Bulldogs (10-3-2, 5-2-0 OVC) struck first when Kim Matthews received a perfectly placed lob pass over the Redhawks (9-4-1, 4-2-1 OVC) defense from Rebecca Bohler and went top-right pass Lindsay Pickering (St. Charles, MO/St. Charles West) for the breakaway goal at 23:12.
The Redhawks answered with a breakaway goal of their own when freshman Casey Kraft (St. Louis, MO/Nerinx Hall) beat the Bulldogs defense and then goalie Cayley Winters. Her 20-footer into the right-top corner tied the game at 1-1 at the 28:40 mark.
Six minutes later the Bulldogs and Matthews struck again. Matthews again took advantage of a Redhawks defensive lapse when she scored her second goal of the game and what would eventually be the gamewinner at 34:47. Valerie Kikkert was credited for the assist as both teams headed into the lockerrooms at half with the score 2-1, Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs held the advantage in shots in the first half attempting four shots. The Redhawks only had three despite holding the advantage in corner kicks, 3-0.
In the second half the Bulldogs put the game out of reach when Lauren Faubion received a pass from Sara Geiger on another breakaway and went lower-left corner pass a diving Pickering at 81:14. It was the second-straight game Faubion scored.
The Redhawks couldn't manufacture any offense throughout the game as they were held to a seasons-worst one shot on goal.
For Kraft it was her fifth goal of the season, tying her with Alaina Lacopo (Troy, IL/Triad) for second on the team. Her 13 points on the season ties her for second on the team with Lisa Schweppe (St. Charles, MO/St. Charles West).
Schweppe led the team with two shots in the game.
Pickering (9-4-1) made one save on five shots.
Freshman Cayley Winters was credited with the win and improved to 6-2 on the season.
The win puts the Bulldogs in a three-way tie for second in the OVC while the Redhawks stand alone in third.
The Redhawks hit the road for two key OVC games this weekend. On Friday, October 21 they face Murray State at 3:00 p.m. then head to Martin, Tennessee on Sunday to take on the Skyhawks at 2:00 p.m.