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Heroic Goalkeeping Keeps CMU Close

Although the CMU women’s soccer team couldn’t find a way to upset the #1 ranked Providence Freemen, they did find a way to make it a special night for one of their own. Before the game started the Blazers recognized fifth-year forward, Maraleigh Short (#9), for an outstanding contribution to the women’s soccer program.

CMU tried to carry this celebratory momentum into the game but it would prove to be a tall order. A tough Providence team took an early lead in the 16th minute when Annemarie Kaethler (#19) broke through the defense and gave Providence a 1-0 lead. Shortly after that the Freemen were on the attack again. The first shot was stopped by Blazer goalkeeper Darlene Keeper but the rebound found it’s way right onto the foot of Providence’s Kate Osadchuck who made no mistake in putting away the goal. At the end of the first half Providence was up 2-0.

The second half started with dynamic back and forth action but the momentum was stymied by a CMU hand-ball in the box. Providence’s Melanie Warkentin (#10), delivered a third goal for from the penalty spot.

The second-half highlight for the Blazers came in the 73rd minute when Darlene Keeper lived up to her name in spectacular fashion with three remarkable saves in a row. That was followed only minutes later in the 77th minute with another amazing save. Keeper’s efforts held the score to a 3-goal deficit which is where the teams found themselves at the final whistle.

The next action for the women’s team comes on Saturday, October 20, at 2pm at the Red River College (Notre Dame Campus) as the women play a semi-final match in the MCAC championships against Red River College.

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