The Lady Dutch were handed a 4-0 loss by the Clearfield Lady Bisons on Saturday morning in a match played under partly sunny skies at the St. Marys Area High School's soccer field.
Prior to the playing of the national anthem, St. Marys Area School District Activities Director Terry Straub addressed the crowd and asked everyone to join in honoring the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and all of the country's servicemen and women.
Once the match got under way, it did not take the Lady Bisons long to get on the board. Kristen Butler slipped a shot past St. Marys' goalie Mia Keener with 32:26 remaining in the first half to make the score 1-0.
Shannon Reinke added to Clearfield's advantage just over halfway through the period. Keener came out of the net to try to get the ball, and Reinke was able to get around her and notch an empty net goal to make the Lady Bisons' lead 2-0 headed into the half.
St. Marys did take a few shots throughout the half; however, Clearfield's keeper was able to stop them all.
Clearfield had five corner kicks in the first half, while St. Marys had none.
Both teams continued to fight hard in the second half, and Clearfield extended their lead by scoring two more goals in a span of just over three minutes. The first goal came with 20:35 remaining in the game, when Nichole Powers was able to put the ball past Keener to make the lead 3-0. Then Butler scored her second goal of the game with 17:20 remaining when her shot went past Keener and into the upper corner of the net to make the score 4-0.
Clearfield had one corner kick during the second half, while St. Marys had none.
"I think Clearfield obviously is a team that's played together for a while and they had very good team speed, team skill and communicated well. Our team needs to continue to work on that and the score reflected that," said St. Marys Area coach Bob Schmidt following the match.
With the loss, St. Marys is now 1-2 on the season.
The Lady Dutch will host Ridgway on Wednesday at 4 p.m.