BY MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS
The McKendree University women’s soccer team lost a conference match to Drury University on Sunday 4-2. The Bearcats fall to 5-8 overall and 4-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and will travel to Kansas City, Mo., on Friday, Oct. 17 to face Rockhurst University at 5 PM.
McKendree got on the scoreboard first in the eighth minute on a header goal by sophomore midfielder Lauren Mantei (Springfield, Ill./Rochester) off a double-assist by junior midfielder Alyssa Patterson (Troy, Ill./Triad) and senior midfielder Liz Kaiser (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline). The Panthers responded shortly after with a goal by Ciara O’Brien in the 12th minute to tie the game 1-1.
Senior midfielder Mary Geiger (Fairmont City, Ill./Althoff Catholic) put the Bearcats in front on a goal in the 32nd minute on Patterson’s second assist of the game to make the score 2-1.
The Panthers went on to score three goals in the second half, all by Shelby Hatz, to take a 4-2 lead and hold on for the win. Junior goalkeeper Taylor Zerbe (St. Louis, Mo./Trinity Catholic) had five saves in the loss and fell to 5-4 in goal this season.