An emotionally draining week for 20th-ranked Carroll College women’s soccer team ended with the Saints’ first defeat of the season on Monday, as 23rd-ranked Westminster avenged its lone Frontier Conference loss with a 2-0 victory in Salt Lake City.
Carroll (2-1 Frontier, 9-1-2 overall) had previously upset the Griffins (2-1, 10-3) in Helena last Sunday, before fighting No. 10 Cal State San Marcos to a 0-0 road tie on Saturday.
“We played OK, we were just tired,” Carroll head coach Dave Thorvilson said. “We’ve just been riding that emotional high the last few weeks — we’ve had a lot of success — and today we were a little tired, emotionally a little down. Westminster was the better team today.”
Both teams move into a virtual tie atop the conference with Rocky Mountain College (1-0, 10-0-1), which travels to Salt Lake for just its second league game on Sunday.
Westminster opened the scoring Monday in the 39th minute, when Jessica Harris headed in a corner kick from Lorin Wathen. Justine Jones provided the final margin in the 62nd minute with an unassisted score.
The Griffins outshot the Saints 10-4, and had a 5-3 edge in shots on goal.
Carroll sophomore goalkeeper Briana Carlin, who was named the Frontier defensive player of the week after shutting out Cal State San Marcos in her first career start, had three saves on five tries. Westminster’s Dayna Winter-Nolte matched her with three saves.
The game was the third straight that Carroll was shut out at Dumke Field. The Saints haven’t score a goal in Salt Lake since 2010.
Carroll next hosts Embry Riddle University (Ariz.) in a non-league match on Sunday at 1 p.m.
“We’ve played them quite a bit over last two years and they’re very athletic,” Thorvilson said. “Offensively, they score a fair amount, so we’ll put our defense to the test next weekend.”
WESTMINSTER 2, CARROLL COLLEGE 0
Carroll 0 0 — 0
Westminster 1 1 — 2
First half — 1, WC, Jessica Harris (Lorin Wathen), 39th minute.
Second half — 2, WC, Justine Jones, 61st.
Shots (on goal) — CC 4 (3); WC 10 (5).
Saves — CC, Briana Carlin 3; WC Dayna Winter-Nolte 3.
Corner kicks — CC 2; WC 5.