The pandemic-delayed soccer season got underway last week for the Williams Baptist University women’s team. The Lady Eagles suffered a road loss at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., and they fell on Saturday at home, hosting American Midwest Conference foe Columbia College.

Evangel jumped out to a sizable first-half lead and coasted to a 9-0 win on Sept. 15. Paige Carlyle and Thayane Leal divided duties as goalkeeper. Carlyle played the entire first half and recorded eight saves, while Leal covered the second half and had three saves.

The Lady Eagles returned home to face a tough Columbia team on Saturday, losing 8-0. WBU recorded three shot attempts, all on goal. Carlyle played 66 minutes at goalkeeper, recording 19 saves. Leal put in 23 minutes of work and had four saves.

WBU’s scheduled game at Missouri Baptist University, originally set for Sept. 26, has been postponed. The next game on the schedule for the Lady Eagles is Oct. 3 at Stephens College.

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