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SIU women's soccer

SIU forward Madison Bennion (2) looks to pass the ball as SEMO’s Kate Daus (20) defends during the first half of an exhibition game on Saturday in Carbondale.

CARBONDALE – In the final leg of a five-game homestand, the SIU women's soccer team fell short to the IUPUI  by a score of 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.

The Jaguars (2-1) were on the offensive throughout the first half, scoring their first goal in the match's 35th minute by way of Valentine Pursey, her second of the season. The remainder of the first half stayed quiet while the Salukis (3-2) were trying to get the offense in rhythm.

In the 81st minute, IUPUI connected on their second goal by way of Miranda Ricks, her first of the year, to seal the victory for the Jaguars.

SIU was outshot by IUPUI 18-15, with three of the Salukis' shots coming on goal. Freshmen goalkeepers Sofia Howe and Dariana Mihalache split time in goal, with Howe collecting three saves in the first half and Mihalache recording five in the second to give her 18 on the season.

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"I need to take responsibility for not getting a result today," SIU coach Grant Williams said. "We conceded in the first half. I had made too many changes. The kids I made changes with didn't affect the game in a positive way. I was trying to be aware of the fact that it was hot and a Sunday game. We had managed those situations better up to this point and we just didn't today." 

After a five-match homestand to begin its first official season, SIU hits the road for its next three matches. The Salukis are next at IPFW Friday night.

"We'll have to talk a little bit about surface when we go to Fort Wayne because they play on a grass surface, which will be slower. It's just going to be a different setup than what they've seen," Williams said. "In some regards, when you leave campus to go on the road, there's less distractions because when you're on the road, you're on the road. You have to demonstrate that you can be competitive on the road and win on the road so I'm looking forward to that challenge."

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