ARLINGTON, Va. - The Marymount University women's soccer team opened up Atlantic East Conference play on Wednesday night at Long Bridge Park, allowing two late goals to drop a 2-0 decision to Immaculata University.
A stalemate in the first half was highlighted by an early attempt on target in the opening minute by senior Jennifer McKee and seven huge saves by sophomore goalkeeper Maia Pappadakis. McKee's shot just 32 seconds in went right down the middle of the pipes into the gloves of Mighty Mac keeper Brooke Shissler, but both keepers remained steady through the first 45 minutes. Pappadakis was put to work with seven shots on target by Immaculata, keeping the scoreboard blank at the break.
Looking to get the first goal in the game, the Saints had the best opportunity at the restart in the 54th minute when senior Courtney Stephens went low on her attempt on target, but again, Shissler reeled in the shot.
From that point, both defenses didn't falter many good opportunities on goal until the 81st minute, as the Macs got their first shot past the gloves of Pappadakis. A little over a minute later, a foul in the 18-yard box put the Macs at the penalty spot where Immaculata's Carly Quigley went low left and just got it past Pappadakis' out-stretched arm for the second and final goal.
Pappadakis finished the night with eight saves through 90 minutes between the pipes.
As a team, the Saints had eight shots in the game with two on target.
Marymount will hit the road for another league tilt on Saturday, October 12, traveling to Gwynedd Mercy University for a 1 p.m., start.