GEORGETOWN, Texas - A last second shot found the crossbar to keep Southwestern from tying the game as they fell 1-0 to Texas Lutheran University on Tuesday night.
Southwestern kept the Bulldog defense busy during the first half with a barrage of shots and well-organized attacks. TLU was only able to muster a couple of fruitless attacks that barely reached the 18 yard box.
The Pirates continued to get great looks at goal and a goal seemed eminent as the half continued on. Texas Lutheran turned up the pressure in the final 15 minutes of the half, however, and began to turn the tide as the half drew to a close. Neither team could put the ball away as the half closed knotted at 0-0.
Texas Lutheran came out and controlled the opening minutes of the second half, even getting one of the best looks of the game on a breakaway. Courtney Farmer played the ball ahead to Veronica Zapata who just narrowly beat SU's defense to the ball. Sarah Nonaka charged off goal and made a diving save on the shot to keep the game scoreless.
TLU got the go ahead goal with 13:30 to play in the game as Farmer found Valencia Balanta open six yards from goal. Balanta placed the ball perfectly into the lower right corner to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead late in the match.
As the clock ticked down and the game came to a close the Pirates pressed on for the equalizer and nearly had it with seconds left on the clock. Cailey McLain got the ball 25 yards from goal and drove around the TLU defender and got a laser shot off that bounced off the crossbar, saving Texas Lutheran.
Southwestern led 18-8 in shots but had three fewer corner kicks, 6-3. Nonaka recorded four saves in goal while TLU's Crump had 11 saves.
SU falls to 6-9 on the season with the loss while TLU improves to 7-7. Southwestern heads to the University of Dallas on Friday to return to SCAC action where they sit in second place.