Bearcats come up short in 3-1 loss at No. 25 Flagler

Bearcats come up short in 3-1 loss at No. 25 Flagler

St. Augustine, Fla. – Senior forward Hannah Martin scored her fourth goal on the season in a losing effort as the Lander women's soccer team (4-2, 1-1 PBC) fell to  No. 25 Flagler (5-0-1, 1-0-1 PBC) at Saints Field 3-1.

The Saints struck first in the 26th minute as sophomore defender Myiah Russack-Cradeur found the back of the net after the initial shot on goal by senior midfielder Katie Reed was saved by the Bearcats. Lander received three corner kicks in the final 11 minutes of the first half, but were unable to capitalize on any attempts for the equalizer.

It took just 43 seconds of play for Lander to get on the board in the second half as freshman midfielder Juliette Vidal found Martin off a free kick. The goal was Martin's fifth career score with the Bearcats.

Sophomore defender Emily Jermstad had a chance on goal in the 60th minute to put Lander on top, but freshman goalkeeper Sarah-Lisa Dubel denied the Bearcats of their second goal to keep the score tied at one. Dubel made four saves on the match.

With just under 25 minutes left to play, the Bearcats committed a foul inside the box resulting in a Saints penalty kick. Sophomore forward Charlene Nowotny stepped up for Flagler and buried her fifth score of the season to put the Saints up 2-1.

Just seven minutes later, the Bearcats again fouled Flagler inside the box to give the Saints another free shot on goal. Russack-Cradeur did the honors for Flagler as the Central Florida native connected for her second goal of the game and her third score of the season.

Emily Jermstad had one last opportunity on goal in the 88th minute to cut the Flagler lead to one, but Dubel again shut the door on the talented sophomore as the Saints preserved a 3-1 final score.

Lander will be back at home next Wednesday as the Bearcats host Francis Marion at 5:00 p.m. in the team's third conference match of the year.