MOBILE, Ala. (October 17, 2021) – A shorthanded Spring Hill College (SHC) Badgers women’s soccer team put up a valiant battle against the No. 4 ranked Lee University Flames at Library Field on Sunday afternoon, but came up on the short end of a 5-0 Gulf South Conference (GSC) decision.
The Badgers put up a spirited effort versus the Flames (11-0; 8-0 GSC) and kept the scoreboard clean at 0-0 for most of the 1st half, but Lee finally broke the ice with a goal by Ellie Crisler off an assist from Jordan Blair in the 30th minute.
Kassidy Kellett accepted another Blair assist for a goal two minutes later and Lee carried a 2-0 lead into intermission.
With the Badgers down to just a handful of substitutes on their bench due to injuries, the effects of the relentless Flames attack began to show when Lee added two goals by Blair in the 54th and 56th minutes via entries from Alexis Hale and Tatum Miller. Sage Sammeli tacked on the fifth and final goal of the day in the 77th minute by cleaning a ball punched out of the pile.
Badger starting keeper Anna Brunner (0-11) made four tough saves against 14 shots and six corner kicks while Haleigh Holland (3-0) of Lee faced five shots and no corners with no saves in 66 minutes. Mollie Wheeler finished the final 24 minutes in goal for the Flames.
After the match, SHC head coach Emile Marcouiller commended her team for their courage. “We fought the entire match,” she said. “They competed the full 90 and did everything that was asked of them and then some. I’m extremely proud of the heart, fight and effort today.”
The Badgers (0-14; 0-10 GSC) will take this coming week off for some much needed rest and rehabilitation before traveling to Clinton, Miss. on Friday, October 29 to face the Mississippi Choctaws at 1 p.m. at Robert P. Longabaugh Field.