BELMONT, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii women's soccer was unable to overcome a strong first half by Notre Dame de Namur in a 3-1 loss on Saturday at Koret Field.
The Argonauts (4-10-1, 2-6-1 PacWest) started quickly with a goal in the eighth minute off Hannah Verschelden's header just over the outstretched arms of the Seasiders' (3-11-0, 2-6-0 PacWest) keeper Makenna Seymour.
BYU-Hawaii tried to respond quickly, but Brittney Dyer's shot was saved by the keeper. The Argonauts were not done on offense countering with three shots on goal during a seven minute stretch.
In the 31st minute, NDNU's offensive pressure found the back of the net for a second time when a through ball found Jessica Santos who put the ball inside the far post.
Kate Orchard looked to close the gap for the Seasiders before halftime, but once again the Argonauts' keeper was able to make the save in the 44th minute and the ensuing header on a corner kick went over the crossbar.
NDNU looked to maintain the same offensive pressure in the second half getting a shot on goal within two minutes of the break, but BYU-Hawaii used several substitution to ignite their offense. McKenzie Evans sent a ball behind the defense to Emily Barfus who finished near post to make it a one goal game in the 62nd minute.
Three minutes later, Kala Brundige had a shot hit the crossbar and follow up shots by Bailey Barton and Brundige were saved by the Argonauts goalkeeper Kelsee Berryman. Barton, Dyer and Tess Hobbs put three more shots on goal in the 72nd minute, but Berryman came up with three more saves to keep her team in the lead.
The Argonauts used the momentum to deliver one final goal in the 80th minute on a low cross that a diving Santos was able to put in the back of the net.
The Seasiders take on Fresno Pacific on Monday at 7:30 p.m. PDT to wrap up their last California road trip of the season. Live stats will be available.