NATCHITOCHES, La. – For the first time this season, the Nicholls State University women’s soccer team was held scoreless in a contest as the Colonels fell to the Northwestern State Lady Demons, 3-0, Friday night in Natchitoches.
With the loss the Colonels fall to 10-4 on the season and 4-4 in Southland Conference play, while Northwestern State improves to 6-6-1 and 4-3-1 in the league.
The Nicholls defense, which has seen its share of injuries this season, allowed the Lady Demons to take 15 shots with seven shots on goal in the match, while the Colonels had 16 with just four shots on target.
The Colonels were done in during the first half of play, as Northwestern State’s Ashlee Savona scored both Lady Demon goals in the first half on just four shots. Spencer Valdespino led all players with seven, while Lauren O’Brien finished second with five.
Taylor Mosley (4-2) earned a second consecutive start in net but struggled allowing three goals with just four saves. Northwestern State had starter Jessica Danku (5-6-1) and Brooke Bourbonnais combine for the shutout with four saves between the two.
Savona scored the first goal of the match right on the 15-minute mark, as she chipped in a shot off of a deflection to put Northwestern State up 1-0. Just a little more than 15 minutes later, Savona struck again as Mosley came out of the goal on a free kick which was deflected and found its way to Savona for the easy score to make it 2-0.
Northwestern State closed the door just six minutes into the second half as a 13-yard strike from Brook Eastburg, who finished tied with Savona for most shots for the Lady Demons, found the back of the net to put away the Colonels for good to make it 3-0.
Nicholls had its chances in the second half, as the team took 10 shots to Northwestern State’s six, while taking all seven of its corner kicks in the last 45 minutes of play.
The Colonels will return to action on Sunday afternoon, taking on league-leading Stephen F. Austin who moved to 7-1 in conference action with their shutout of Southeastern Louisiana earlier Friday.