TROY, Ala. - Even though the Stetson women's soccer team (1-4-0) had a number of chances to tie the contest late in regulation, the Hatters fell to Troy (4-2-0) by a score of 1-0 on an early penalty kick on the final day of the Trojan Classic on Sunday.
It was an early penalty kick that gave Troy the 1-0 advantage it held until the final buzzer. After a hand ball on Stetson in the box gave the Trojans the opportunity in the eighth minute of play, Chelsey Williams took advantage of the penalty by putting the ball in the back of the net and giving Troy the early lead.
Junior goalkeeper Laura Seletos made five saves in the defeat, with a number of difficult stops helping to keep the Hatters in the match. The veteran also made a tremendous play on a second penalty awarded to the Trojans. Seletos made a diving save to her left, preventing Troy from taking a 2-0 lead in the 22nd minute of the match.
With about 15 minutes to play in the second half, a Troy forward received the ball behind the entire Stetson defense and found herself one-on-one with Seletos. The junior forced the Trojan wide of the goal with an aggressive move and a tip on the ball, and Troy came away with another missed opportunity to put the game away.
With three of the team's eight second half shots coming in the final eight minutes of action, Stetson never quit in this one. The Hatters' best chance at evening the score late came with about six minutes remaining when junior Amber Grose played a ball into the box, finding the head of an open Kait Jones. The junior forward headed the ball towards the goal, but played it just wide, and the Hatters remained behind on the scoreboard.
The Hatters finished the game with a 14-13 advantage in shots, while both teams put six of their opportunities on target. The Trojans recorded three corner kicks to Stetson's one. Seletos finished with fives saves, and Troy's Katie Comeno-Lewis and Maddie Winter combined for six in the win.
"We're starting to have a team identity," Head Coach Julie Orlowski said following the game. "We did a lot of things a lot better today. We're very pleased with how we played, but obviously we're not pleased with the result."
Stetson will next return home for a non-conference contest against Florida Atlantic. The Hatters and the Owls are scheduled to kickoff at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8 at the brand new Athletic Training Center.
Update: Amber Grose and Alyssa Welsh were named to the Trojan Classic All-Tournament Team following the last match of the weekend.