Owl women’s football loses 1-0 defensive battle against Harris-Stowe State



In the American Midwest Conference women’s game semi-finals on Monday, the William Woods blinked first against Harris-Stowe State.

The Owls were embroiled in a defensive battle with the Hornets in which 14 shots and four shots on goal were scored, and William Woods lost 1-0 to signal the end of his season at Hornets Field in St. Louis.

It was the second time Harris-Stowe State defeated William Woods in a 1-0 game after the Hornets won the September 25 meeting that saw 22 shots and 10 shots on goal fired.

On Monday, the owls had their first shot on goal in the 35th minute when Senior McKenzie Gourley was stopped by goalkeeper Lisa Pietz when the teams even went into halftime with three shots and no goals.

Abbie Gilbair tried to score the first goal in the 59th minute but was dismissed by Pietz and Harris-Stowe State came on two minutes later after a goal from Rachael Manly.

Mary Grace Angeli took a step past goalkeeper Michyla Handley in the 77th minute of the September meeting, while Manly defeated Belle Boschert this time.

Manly’s was the Hornets’ first and only shot on goal when the Owls scored another hit in the 84th minute from Sydney Balducci to end the game. William Woods finished with six shots versus Harris-Stowe State eight. Lexi Drbul, Chloe Overkamp and Senior Abby Prather-Turner each recorded a shot for the owls.

Harris-Stowe State entered the AMC tournament championship game on Thursday and extended their winning streak to eight games – as the Hornets did with their win over the Owls in September – and remained undefeated at home with the win on Monday.

The Owls’ eight-game winning streak was caught on Monday.

William Woods ended his season with a 12-5-1 record.


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