CEDAR CITY, Utah – Southern Utah University hosted its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Match Saturday, falling to the IUPUI Jaguars by a final score of 2-0.
The Thunderbirds had several solid scoring opportunities early on, but were unable to get anything past Jaguar goalkeeper Giselle Guzman who finished the game with nine saves.
“We played well. I thought we played with pride, passion and courage,” said head coach Brian Stock of his team’s efforts. “The one thing we didn’t do is put one of the early chances away.”
On the other side of the ball IUPUI made the most of their shots, netting two goals with just three shots on goal in the match. The Jaguars opened the scoring in the 21st minute when sophomore midfielder Sarah Wong sent the ball behind the Thunderbird defense where her teammate Alicia Brock made a well-timed run to collect the ball. The senior forward then fired an open shot that found the back of the net to make the score 1-0 in favor of the visitors.
“Their first goal came on a counter-attack as they were able to get the ball to Brock who is their go-to player on attacks,” explained Stock. “We didn’t want to play from behind in this game, especially when we had early opportunities to score.”
The Jaguars held onto a one-goal lead until the 57th minute when Karin Demo tallied her first goal of the season to stretch the advantage to 2-0. The senior midfielder found herself open from 20 yards out after taking a pass from Brock and arched a shot over the outstretched arms of Thunderbird goalkeeper Charly Booth to set the final margin at 2-0 for IUPUI.
Southern Utah was held scoreless for the seventh time this season although they outshot IUPUI 12-8 and attempted eight corner kicks in the match. Elyse Osborne paced the T-Birds with three shots, all of which were on-goal, but was unable to put one in.
“They prepared really well for our corners and their keeper made some good touches,” commented Stock. “There has to be a ton of desire and willpower to be successful on corners.”
The Jaguars record their first Summit League victory of the season and improve their overall record to 2-10-4. The Thunderbirds are still looking for their first win in conference play and now hold a 2-9-3 mark on the year. SUU will make its final Summit League road-trip next week visiting IPFW on Friday October 21 at 11:00 a.m. which will be followed by a matchup with Oakland on Sunday.