FOREST CITY – The Waldorf University women's soccer team lost its third straight match and sixth overall after falling to the Morningside College Mustangs 7-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors (1-6) have now been outscored 20-1 in its six regular season matches and have not scored a goal since losing 2-1 in overtime against the William Penn University Lady Statesmen on Aug. 29.
When asked about the loss to Morningside College (3-2), head coach Alexandria Jackson says her team really struggled in the match due to defensive lapses and lack of depth.
"We gave them three easy goals in the first half and couldn't come back after that due to fatigue and limited numbers," Jackson stated. "Two good teams, ourselves and Morningside, played in this one, with one of those teams taking advantage of key opportunities in the moments."
The Mustangs came out firing right from the get-go, with Merle Bublitz scoring in the 3rd minute of the match. The Mustangs would add six more goals, which included one more from Bublitz and two goals from Chloe Wetzbarger. Paytn Harmon added a goal and an assist for Morningside College.
The story of the match though was Waldorf being shut down on offense. The Warriors mustered just six total shots and two shots on goal in their shutout defeat. Mustangs goalkeeper Nicole McGuire registered her first shutout of the 2017 regular season.
Senior goalkeeper Hanna DeVries started between the pipes for Waldorf, but after giving up three goals in the first half, Jackson decided to go with Miahra Treleaven in net as the Warriors goalkeeper for the second half. Neither goalie could fully shut down the Morningside College offense, as the Mustangs scored seven goals on 14 shots on goal (20 shots total).
Despite being shut out in five matches this season, Jackson says her team's offense is getting better, even if it doesn't show up on the scoreboard.
"Our current biggest question mark is our attack, which has been getting better since our first game until now," said Jackson. "We had our moments where we had opportunities to be in this game, and we need our quality of play to be just a bit better and to tighten up defensively."
Jackson also says assistant coach Camila Ardila and herself need to do some adjustments when it comes to their team's gameplans against their opponents.
"As coaches, we have to tweak some things in order to play a little bit smarter," said Jackson.
The Warriors will try to end their three-game losing streak with a win against Concordia University (3-2-1) on Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.
"We didn't get the result that we wanted on Saturday, but if we continue to make the necessary tweaks, we will be in very good shape," said Jackson.