The No. 20 Bellarmine University women’s soccer team tied Rockhurst 1-1 on Friday at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.
Freshman forward Kira Steinke scored the lone goal for Bellarmine (8-1-2, 6-1-2 GLVC). It came just ahead of halftime, but Rockhurst (9-1-2, 6-1-2) matched the Knights in the 68th minute before the teams played two scoreless overtimes.
Bellarmine and Rockhurst entered the contest tied for second place in the GLVC. The final score indicated the expected competitiveness of the match, but it’s unlikely either team would hang its hat on Friday’s overall play.
“We talk all the time about not confusing the result with the process or the performance,” Bellarmine Coach Chris Tinius said. “That was a tie against a very good team. But that was also a very bad soccer game between two good teams.
“We have to keep perspective though,” Tinius added. “I told the team after the game there should be more smiles than disappointed faces. We had chances early in the second half to put the game away and didn’t so we got what we deserved – maybe more. To play that way against a very good team and sneak out with a result is a positive in the big picture.”
Steinke took advantage of an opportunity in netting her first collegiate goal. In the 43rd minute, a Rockhurst goal kick caromed back toward the left side of the goal box. Steinke tracked down the loose ball and nailed a shot from 15 yards.
While Rockhurst pulled its weight when it came to possession, the Hawks finished with a single shot on goal. And it actually didn’t even appear to be a shot. In the 68th minute, from the center of the field, Jordan Wipke sent what looked like a long serve for her attackers toward the goal area. Instead, the ball descended toward the net and cleared the outstretched arms of Knights goalkeeper Hannah Poteet.
Neither team scored again in regulation or two overtimes, although Rockhurst applied the most pressure in the extra frames. Bellarmine finished with a 11-7 advantage in shots, including 6-1 on frame.
“I thought our backs and holding midfield did a pretty good job,” Tinius said. “We got a little sloppy back there near the end, but the things we were having to deal with as a result of little movement and the inability to hold the ball up top eventually take a toll on you.
“We did some things with transition in practice this week that looked good and had some attacking patterns that looked fairly sharp. I actually thought we were ready for a much better performance, but I’m obviously not doing a very good job of preparing us to translate those things into game situations.”
Bellarmine had won four straight entering the match. The Knights follow the stalemate by hosting William Jewell at noon (ET) Sunday.
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