NAMPA, Idaho – For the first time this season, the Northwest Nazarene women’s soccer team is facing adversity.
The Nighthawks lost 1-0 to Western Oregon on Saturday at NNU Field, dropping their second consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference match.
The Wolves scored 65 seconds into the match and then parked the bus defensively, completely shutting down the Nighthawks offense.
“We have to make this be a motivator not something that sinks us,” NNU coach Mary Triggsaid. “It’s not just good enough for us to be the better team. In soccer, lesser teams win all the time. We have to decide that our intensity and grit is going to pick up and we are going to be more decisive and dangerous in the attacking third.”
The Nighthawks (5-2-1 overall, 1-2-0 GNAC) struggled to break down the Western Oregon defense, failing to record a shot on goal.
The Wolves (4-3-1, 2-1-0) made life very difficult for the Nighthawks, who consistently had passes from the midfield to the forwards poked away or blocked.
“We’ve got to learn how to play against different styles,” Trigg said. “We were really not figuring out how to break down them packing it in.
“They had a good game plan. They managed the clock well and we could not figure out how to get in behind them.”
Alexie Morris scored off an assist by Kaili Brundage so early it seemed to catch everyone by surprise.
The Wolves then went into a defensive shape, often not sending more than one person forward and it worked out to a road victory.
The Nighthawks are back in action at 1 p.m. Thursday at Montana State Billings.