Valerie Patout and the Saints took on the Cardinals of Andrews University Sunday afternoon to earn their first win of the season. The Saints were looking to avenge a 4-2 loss at Andrews University on September 24th
The Saints were able to take an early lead as freshman Valerie Patout broke free from the Cardinals defense in the second minute to take a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later Ayerim Salinas added a second goal on a cross from Megan Ohms. Andrews University tacked on a goal to end the half. "We were able to surprise Andrew's defense early on with a different look from our first game," says Head Coach Peter Holland. "We stuck with our game plan, and it paid off early on." In the teams' first meeting, the Saints had a 2-1 lead at half but were unable to hold on for a victory. Andrews scored three unanswered goals in the second half to win the game. With a depleted bench, the Saints needed to control the game tempo in the second half to avoid mistakes.
The second half opened up with Valerie Patout scoring her second goal of the game to give the Saints a 3-1 lead. Andrews would not go down without a fight. They were able to convert a penalty kick with 21 minutes to go. Then in the 74th minute they were able to tie the game at 3-3. The game looked as though it was destined to be a tie as both defenses held strong. Patout would once again break free and score her third goal of the game with four minutes left. Teri-Ann Marchigiani filled in for Ashley Lennon as goalkeeper and had 9 saves. The Saints outshot Andrews 19-15 and their defense held as the women ended their losing streak with a 4-3 victory.
The Saints travel to Jackson Community College Wednesday for a 5 pm game.