University of Incarnate Word’s women’s team just couldn’t get the job done as they fell to a tough 1-0 loss at Demon Soccer Complex. A penalty in the 81st minute was enough for the Demons to take the win on Saturday afternoon.
It could have been a completely different story as UIW should have opened the scoring in the 5th minute when Alex Latham fouled her striker. That allowed Sam Batley to step up and take the penalty which was well saved by Latham, something which would prove costly.
Despite Northwestern State winning the match it was UIW who was controlling the match in the first half. Abbi Koenigs was the main scoring threat for the Cardinals but the Demons defense which was able to dive in and block those shots.
The typical plethora of substitutions slowed the match down in the latter stages of the first half, with Northwestern State taking control late in the half. UIW closed out the half with two shots from Isabel Gracia but she sent her efforts wide, letting the Demons off the hook and sending the sides to the break scoreless.
The Demons started the second half well, but Sydney Huntsinger was acquitting herself well in the UIW goal. That allowed the Cardinals to take back charge of the match through the middle of the half, taking a number of chances but struggling to get those efforts on target.
For all of the domination from the Cardinals they could not convert those chances when they came their way and in the 81st minute they were, quite literally, penalized. The Cadinals committed a foul on a corner, which allowed Patry Carrion to step up for the penalty, hitting it past Huntsinger to open the scoring.
The Cardinals tried to push in the final nine minutes for an equalizer but the Demons defense continued to do what they’d been doing through the whole match. In the end UIW still couldn’t break through, and Northwestern State managed the 1-0 win.