MONTEVALLO – The Montevallo women’s soccer team fell behind and a late rally fell short in a 2-1 loss to Delta State at Varsity Field on Friday night. The loss dropped the Falcons to 2-2 and 0-1 in the Gulf South Conference, while Delta State improved to 2-4 and 2-0.
The Lady Statesmen struck early, scoring their first goal less than four minutes into the game. Poppy Derhum took a pass from Blanca Osorio and beat Falcon goalkeeper Cassandra Bodi for the goal at 3:47 into the game to give DSU the 1-0 lead. Then, midway through the first half, Lavinia Horning gave DSU a 2-goal lead with a goal off of an assist by Carra Hymel in the 21st minute.
The Falcons out more aggressive in the second half, attacking the DSU box relentlessly. The effort paid off in the scored in the 73rd minute when Avery Campbell scored to cut the deficit to 2-1. “I think in the second half, the girls responded well, battled back and gave us a chance to win.,” Wyman commented about the second half rally. However, despite several penetrations into the visitor’s zone, the Falcons couldn’t find the equalizer.
“From a standpoint of game plan, we got it wrong early,” said UM head coach Jake Wyman. “I think we were set too deep and that’s on me. We thought going into the game that was going to give us the best chance to get a hold of the ball. So, I take full responsibility for the loss.” “We came out flat and full credit to Delta, they came out and played us out of the park.
The Falcons have another tough task ahead on Sunday when they face Mississippi College at Varsity Field. “This is one of, if not the toughest weekends in GSC women’s soccer with both teams (DSU and Mississippi College) ranked in the preseason top 5,” said Wyman. “So for us, we need to find a way to salvage a point or three on Sunday against a Mississippi College team that probably hasn’t lost more then three or four games in the last two or three years.”
“We’re going to go back to the drawing board, see what will give us the best chance to win the game on Sunday,”
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.