The St. James soccer team (6-3, 1-3 FRC) hosted Pacific for a Four Rivers Conference matchup on Monday, April 16. Pacific got out to a quick start and St. James couldn't catch up in a 5-2 loss.
Pacific scored three goals in rapid succession at the beginning of the game, with the third goal hitting the back of the net with 13 minutes left in the opening half. St. James put a dent into that lead with three minutes left in the half thanks to Quinn Paulus and Mikaela Donnelly. Paulus fired a shot on goal that Pacific's keeper was able to get a hand on, but Donnelly was there to gather the rebound and find the back of the net. That brought the score to 3-1 at the half.
The second half mirrored the first, as Pacific scored two more goals in the 52nd and 54th minutes, extending their lead to 5-1. St. James came back two minutes later with a corner kick. Shelby Quick served up a corner, which Pacific attempted to clear. Alyssa Rinehart was there to keep the ball in the box and she bombed a shot that found the back of the net to cut the score to 5-2. Unfortunately, St. James couldn't find any more goals in the Four Rivers Conference loss.
While the Lady Tigers allowed five goals, they got a stellar performance from Ivy Fowler in goal. She was hit with shot after shot and ended the game with 29 saves.
"She's made a lot of improvements from last year," said assistant coach Beau Moreland of Fowler's performance in net. "We're starting to see an active goalie. We've still gotta work on her hands a little bit and her awareness, but a game like this is good for her. It stinks to lose at home and it stinks to lose to a conference opponent, but that was a really good practice for her moving forward."
St. James worked to get back into the win column with a trip to Laquey on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. They'll head back to the Four Rivers Conference on Thursday with a trip to Owensville.