The visiting Bellarmine University women’s soccer team played to a scoreless draw with Southern Indiana on Wednesday night in Great Lakes Valley Conference action.
In their regular-season finale, the Knights (11-2-4, 9-2-4 GLVC) missed the opportunity to secure a GLVC Tournament home match. They are tied for fourth place in the league with McKendree, but the Bearcats defeated them 1-0 and thus own the tiebreaker. Bellarmine will travel to McKendree for a 1 p.m. (ET) quarterfinals match on Sunday.
Southern Indiana (9-8-1, 6-8-1) was fighting for a spot in the conference tournament and clinched the No. 8 seed.
“Hats off to Southern Indiana,” Bellarmine Coach Chris Tinius said. “They played exactly as we thought they would: They were organized, fought for every ball and were purposeful when they had their chances to attack.”
There weren’t a ton of shots attempted in the match. Bellarmine tallied 10, including four on goal, while USI notched six, with two on frame. The Knights were shut out for the second straight match and scored only one goal in their final three regular-season contests, although Tinius witnessed improvement.
“I thought we did a lot of things a lot better tonight,” he said. “Our energy was better for the most part. We created more chances and got in more good positions than we probably got credit for on the stat sheet. We’re just having trouble putting the ball in the back of the net. Once we do, I think we’ll bust out in a big way.
“Until then we need a ‘dirty goal’ with someone sliding or diving or something of that nature to spark things. I think we are still taking a lot of early chances for granted expecting more later in the game, but as the game goes on and you get tired and the pressure mounts it gets harder and harder to be clean and execute.”
Bellarmine senior goalkeeper Hannah Poteet collected her fourth shutout.
“I told the team I still have confidence we can flip the script and get on a roll,” Tinius said. “We certainly played better tonight, and it’s not like we’ve had a bad season. We just know we can and have to be sharper as we start the second season.”
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by Adam Pruiett