|October 08, 2022||1st||2nd||Final|
|PATRIOTS||78:23||Noah Paalman (Alba Lorca , Taylor Bouma)|
|Stats at a Glance||PHEONIX||PATRIOTS|
|Shots (on Goal)||7 (5)||12 (11)|
WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.-- No. 14 Phoenix women's soccer (9-2, 4-2 MSC) hit the road on Saturday, where they fell 3-1 to the No. 4 Cumberlands Patriots (10-0-3, 5-0-1 MSC). The match was a big one in terms of conference standings putting the Phoenix in second place, four points behind the first-place Patriots.
The Phoenix had a slow start on the road against their Mid-South Conference foes. The first 20 minutes of the first half was all Patriots as they tallied the first four shots of the game and held possession in the Phoenix end for long periods of time.
The fourth-ranked Patriots got on the board first with a goal from Laura Navajas to claim the lead at the 21:03 mark.
The Phoenix battled back and started to put shots on goal, with three in a row late in the half. At the 40:27 mark, Cumberland was fouled just outside of the penalty area, giving the Phoenix an advantageous position for a scoring opportunity.
Sarah Haddock took the free-kick from the left side and put up a perfect shot that went soaring over the outstretched hand of UC keeper Laura Vogt and into the goal to tie the game up at 1-1 heading into the break.
The two NAIA Top-25 ranked teams played a hard-fought first half, with the Patriots leading the Phoenix in shots on goal 6-4.
Cumberlands opened up with a couple of quick shots before a Phoenix foul that set them up with a scoring opportunity on the free-kick at the 58:43 mark. Carola Fontan took the kick and scored to give the Patriots a 2-1 advantage.
The Patriots found the back of the net again to take a 3-1 lead with just under 12 minutes remaining in the match on a goal from Noah Paalman.
Cumberland had their chances with seven total shots and five on goal, but the attack of the Cumberlands set the tone with 12 total shots and held the ball in the Phoenix end for most of the contest.
Phoenix keeper Sabrina Graziano registered eight saves in the match, while Evelyn Jimenez led the way offensively with two shots on goal.
The Phoenix are back on the pitch this Wednesday as they play their last home game of the regular season against Thomas More at 12:30 p.m.