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MTSU streak snapped with loss to Colorado College

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In this undated photo, MTSU soccer player Kate Loye leads the Blue Raiders with 12 points on five goals and two assists during a game in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo courtesy of MTSU Athletics)

All good things must come to an end.

The MTSU women’s soccer had a four-match winning streak snapped with a 2-0 loss to Colorado College on Sunday at Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium. It was the Blue Raiders first loss since Sept. 8 at UCF, and first home loss since Sept. 1 against Memphis.

“Today, they were the better team,” MTSU head coach Aston Rhoden said after the loss. “We played well in spurts, but our big challenge today was that we were not consistent enough throughout the game.”

Also, the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week and former Siegel star forward Tori Hawkins went down with an apparent ankle injury in the 75th minute. She did not come back into the match and was carted off. After the match, she appeared to have an ice pack on her ankle.

The Blue Raiders came into the match without giving up a goal in 376 minutes of action. The last one came in the 74th minute at UCF back a few weeks ago. Since then, MTSU had won four home matches in a row and outscored its opponents an impressive 14-0.

In the first half, the streak continued for the Blue Raiders. However, it was almost snapped late in the first half when sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Brouwer made a nice save off a shot from Tiger junior midfielder Mary Bowman in the 44th minute.

The streak was extended to 431 minutes until Colorado College got on the board when junior midfielder Kaeli Vandersluis landed a beautiful cross to sophomore midfielder Jessie Ayers, who made a diving header in the six-yard box and placed it in the net for the 1-0 lead in 55th minute.

CC added its second goal of the match in the 63rd minute when sophomore midfielder Sarah Schweiss made a tremendous cross to freshman midfielder Alexis Long, who put it past Brouwer to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead and eventual victory.

CC out shot MTSU 9 to 7 and CC sophomore goalkeeper Kate Scheele preserved the clean sheet with two saves in the win.

The Blue Raiders dropped to 4-4-1 (1-1-0) on the season, while the Tigers improve to 7-3-0 (2-0-0).

Coming into the match, the Tigers had an RPI rating of 36, and its only three losses were to Denver, Marquette and University of Colorado. Denver and Marquette were ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 at the time. It also had a 2-0 win against Texas on Sept. 15.

Next up for the Blue Raiders is a key conference road match at Florida Atlantic on Friday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. MTSU returns home on Sunday, Oct. 13, against Louisiana Tech as part of its Think Pink match benefiting breast cancer awareness.

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