ROHAN KENI | Reporter
CORRECTION: a previous version of this article falsely attributed a quote to assistant coach Jeff Vaninger.
Lindenwood women’s soccer had its first home game at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium on Monday night, and it resulted in a thumping 3-1 loss against the Maryville Saints.
In the first half, two strikes from Maria Loya and Caite Huesgen saw the Saints ride into halftime with a solid lead.
The Lions lacked agility in the first half and found themselves wrong-footed through improper positioning. However, less than 15 minutes into the second half, forward Morgan Weller scored a thunderous goal for Lindenwood through a long-range over-head assist from Alaina White.
In addition to scoring Lindenwood’s first goal of the season, Weller, a sophomore, lead the team in shots for the contest, tallying three.
Nevertheless, after the Lions’ goal, the Saints re-grouped and upped the ante by increasing the intensity and scoring the third and final blow, as Kaley Ruff scored from close range with a set-piece goal from the corner.
At the final whistle, the Lions suffered a 3-1 loss, moving their record to 0-1-1.
Friday night, Lindenwood hosts Drury at 5 p.m., before facing another home game against Missouri University of Science and Technology Sunday morning.