EDINA — The Ponies barely had time to savor their game-tying goal in the second half as Edina answered a minute later to knock off the Ponies in Saturday’s nonconference girls’ soccer game.
It was the second loss in a row for the Ponies (1-1 SEC, 2-3), who were encouraged by their play while disappointed with the final result.
“The outcome stinks, but we’re playing well,” Stillwater coach Mike Huber said. “We’ve just got to find a way to be one ahead on these close games.”
Following a scoreless first half, Vivian Engen scored for the Hornets in the 15th minute of the second half. Jaime Purdie answered for Stillwater six minutes later while knocking in a rebound on a shot by Hannah Okerstrom that was initially stopped by goalkeeper Makenzie Bishop.
“For the majority of the second half we had better quality chances on goal than they did,” Huber said. “We can possess, we need to go forward and create opportunities offensively. It was probably one of our better games of pushing forward and getting good opportunities.”
Edina answered quickly, however, while scoring the deciding goal just a minute later for a 2-1 lead.
“For as disappointed as we were that we lost, we really played pretty well,” said Huber, whose team enjoyed an 11-8 advantage in shots on goal. “The two mistakes defensively kind of cost us.”
Natalie Johnson attempted two headers that narrowly missed the net and Maddie Schaak’s free kick from about 25 yards out missed finding the net by just a few inches.
“We were just kind of hovering around the goal, but not finding it,” Huber said.
Stillwater 0 1 — 1
Edina 0 2 — 2
Ed — 15:00 — Vivian Engen (unassisted)
St — 21:00 — Jaime Purdie (Hannah Okerstrom)
Ed — 22:00 — NA
Shots on goal — St: 11; Ed: 8.
Corner kicks — St: 4; Ed: 2.
Fouls — St: 4; Ed: 4.
Goalie saves — St: Megan Holthaus 6; Ed: Makenzie Bishop 10.