Second-half surge pushes Billikens past Aces

The University of Evansville women’s soccer team fell to Saint Louis, 3-1, on Friday night at Arad McCutchan Stadium.

The Billikens scored first in the the 21st minute as Olivia Petit laid the ball off for Evie Lavelle, who then returned the favor and played the ball into the box for Petit who placed it into the back of the net.

In the waning minutes of the opening half, freshman Jayme-Lee Hunter looped in a shot from 30 yards out that soared over the goalkeeper’s head and ricocheted off the far post and into the goal to even the score at the half.

Early on in the second half, SLU pushed back in front with a goal by Alyssa Seitzer off an assist from Lavelle in the 61st minute. The Billikens would add an insurance goal 10 minutes later off the foot of Maddie Pokorny.

“Looking at the schedule we knew they were going to be a team that was very challenging,” said Aces head coach Krista McKendree. “For us, we just have to have a little bit more urgency to try and put pressure on the ball and then not allow them so much time.”

Four Aces recorded a shot with Hunter, senior Montana Portenier, and junior Sara Osinski all putting one on frame. In goal, freshman goalkeeper Michaela Till made a career-high 10 saves between the posts.

The Billikens out-shot the Aces, 22-4, with a 13-3 advantage in SLU’s favor on shots on-goal.

The Aces travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to take on Middle Tennessee on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m.