Women's Soccer Slips Up in Season Opener

St. Louis – Lynn University's 20th-ranked women's soccer team dropped its season opener 1-0 to Quincy on a rain-soaked afternoon.  This marks the first time under fourth-year head coach Chip Dutchik the Fighting Knights have lost their opening match.  A late rally fell short for LU while Meghan Dolan kept her squad in the game much of the day with nine saves.

Despite holding possession for nearly 75% off the first half, the Blue & White found themselves trailing 1-0 at the break.  Lynn (0-1) controlled the pace of play and had Quincy (1-0) running around for much of the period but couldn't find any lanes to attempt a shot.

Quincy (1-0) grabbed the lead with 31 seconds to play off an innocent foul near the midfield line.  Sam Andert took the free kick, striking it short, but Taylor Lindwedel won the first header and Ashley Burton was able to out-leap her defender with a header just over the hands of Dolan.

Lynn pressed on in the second half but some defensive breakdowns allowed the Hawks several scoring chances.  Dolan, though, turned away Quincy time-after-time, with the most impressive save coming in the 59th minute when she blocked a point-blank attempt from Jaclyn Mastroianni inside the six-yard box.

The Fighting Knights put the pressure on the Hawks in the final five minutes in an effort to send the contest into overtime.  Paige Meggison nearly accomplished that with five ticks on the clock.  The junior right back collected a failed clearance from the far right wing and rifled a shot that ricocheted off the upper right corner and straight down on the goal line.  

Quincy out shot Lynn 17-5 and turned in four corner kicks to LU's two.  

The Blue & White return to action on Sunday, September 2, at 12 p.m. ET when they take on Rockhurst.  Fans can follow the action live at LynnFightingKnights.com by selecting the Game Central icon.