Despite pushing the number two team in the conference UIW women could not get a result against Stephen F Austin on Sunday afternoon at SFA Soccer Field. A goal in each half was enough for the Lumberjacks to get the 2-0 win and boost their title chances.
SFA was coming in the stronger side and started the match the stronger side and after some good goalkeeping and defense the Lumberjacks broke through in the 17th minute. A free-kick allowed Hanna Barker to send the ball in, finding Brooke Dunnigan who buried the opportunity for the opener.
After scoring the goal, the Lumberjacks kept attacking trying to find a second goal, with UIW struggling to get in to the match. If not for poor finishing, as they sent their shots wide of goal, letting the Cardinals off the hook.
Late in the half, UIW had their best passage of the match to that point with Sabrina Martineau looking the most likely. But the Cardinals could not find a goal to pull themselves back in to the match, which kept it 1-0 at half-time.
A strong start to the second half by UIW was denied by Lillie Ehlert in the SFA goal, keeping UIW out and keeping the Lumberjacks in front. It was Emani Stewart who was able to get a strong shot away but Ehlert leapt up well and made a strong save.
That missed chance would prove costly as SFA was able to double their lead in the 58th minute after a loose ball in the box. The Cardinals were unable to get to the ball to clear it away, which allowed Breanna Moore to run on to the ball, beating three UIW defenders to make it 2-0.
Brooke Shirley was looking dangerous for the Lumberjacks as they went on the attack looking to extend their lead further. But the Cardinals defense did just enough to block the shots but they could not manage a goal as they fell to the 2-0 loss.