Bears Drop Season Opener at Albertus

NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Led by three first-half goals, host Albertus Magnus beat Coast Guard 3-0 in  non-conference game, the series opener for both teams.

"I'm disappointed in our overall performance, losing the first game of the season by the margin we did," said Coast Guard head coach Susan Grant. "We made defensive mistakes that led to quality scoring opportunities for Albertus which they capitalized on, but we did make defensive adjustments at halftime which limited those opportunities in the second half."

Shelley Mirmina scored the first goal of the contest, the eventual game-winner, to tally her fourth career goal. Christina Dineson recorded nine saves in her first shutout of the season.

Albertus took control early scoring three goals in the first 26 minutes of the contest before Coast Guard did outshoot the Falcons 11-9 in the frame.

Mirmina put the Falcons (1-0-0) ahead early with her first goal of the year in the 11th minute after receiving a pass from Kelly Marchitto in the left side of the box. Brittany Ross came off the bench to tally the Falcons' second goal of the afternoon as she collected the rebound off an initial shot of her own and sent it over the diving goalkeeper.

Team captain Meghan Loughman followed with a goal in the 26th minute as Becky Slivinsky and Shannon Skidmore used two quick one-touch passes to reach Loughman, who chipped the ball over the keeper to extend the Falcons' lead.

Albertus controlled the tempo in the second half of play as the Falcons' outshot the Bears (0-1-0) 13-8 in the second half for a final advantage of 22-19. Dineson recorded five of her nine saves in the first half.

Coast Guard junior Devin Fellman recorded four saves in 90 minutes of play, while she allowed three goals in her first collegiate start.

"We had a few strong chances in the second half, but couldn't put the ball in the back of the net," said Grant. "The weaknesses our team showed today will be the focus of our attention over the next few practices. We need to come out and play quality soccer from start of finish and that is not what we did today."