Roman DuChateau suffered his first loss as head coach of the Lady Braves, but is confident his team will learn from it.
The No. 14-ranked Ottawa University women’s soccer program was bested Saturday at home by Midland University, 3-1. Midland is receiving votes in the NAIA top 25 poll.
Midland’s PT Perez scored two of her team’s three goals, including the first one at the 29:29 mark in the first half that gave the Lady Warriors a 1-0 lead. OU responded with the equalizer at the 53:37 mark in the second half, scored by Brooke Mays, senior forward, off an assist by Deanna Passerella, junior defender.
Midland scored twice in less than four minutes at the 75:11 mark and 78:41 mark on goals by Perez and Nayeli Rodriguez, respectively. Perez’s score came off a penalty kick right in front of the goal.
“We are going to grow from this,” DuChateau said. “I wasn’t happy with the officiating, but we aren’t going to make excuses. If we play the way that we play and we finish our opportunities, we are winning that game. We are going to look to compete a little earlier. When we have opportunities, we have to finish them. We are dangerous going forward, but we aren’t dangerous until we put it in the back of the net.”
Ottawa was narrowly edged in shots by Midland, 21-18, and shots-on-goal, 12-11.
The Lady Braves (3-1) play 5 p.m. Wednesday at home against Graceland University.