Women's Soccer Battles SMWC to Scoreless Draw

ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College battled to a scoreless draw in a matchup of crosstown women's soccer rivals on Tuesday afternoon.

Both teams generated shots and scoring chances, with Rose-Hulman finishing the game with a narrow 20-16 advantage in shots.  Senior Nicky Wheeler (Avon, Ind.) led the Fightin' Engineers with five shots, with sophomores Hayley Gilliam (Zionsville) and Haley O'Neil (Batavia, Ill.) contributing four shots each.

Amanda Loebker led the St. Mary-of-the-Woods offense with eight of the team's 16 shots.  The best scoring chance came midway through the second half, when a blast from Pomeroy forward Samantha Morrison was saved in a leaping effort by Rose-Hulman goalkeeper Lucinda Combs (Danville, Ky./Boyle County).

Rose-Hulman's best opportunity for a goal came in the first overtime, when Wheeler took a shot around the goalkeeper that was saved by a Pomeroy defender.

Both goalkeepers played a key role in the shutout.  Georgie Macy recorded 13 saves for St. Mary-of-the-Woods, while Combs tallied nine saves to earn her sixth shutout in 10 matches.

Rose-Hulman stands 4-2-4 on the season, while St. Mary-of-the-Woods has a 3-3-1 mark.  The Fightin' Engineers return to action at Bluffton University in the HCAC opener on Saturday.