OTTAWA, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's soccer team faced its second-straight nationally-ranked opponent Wednesday evening. The Lady Builders fell to the No. 16-ranked Braves of Ottawa University, 3-1, on a damp pitch at People's Bank Field in Ottawa, Kan.
Senior Karrie McNutt scored the only Southwestern (4-6, 1-2 KCAC) goal in the match, and was responsible for three of the four Lady Builder shots in the contest. Sophomore Rylee Simon was the only other Lady Builder to take an attempt. Senior keeper allowed the three goals, but made 10 saves to keep Southwestern in the match.
Ottawa (7-2-1, 2-1 KCAC) standout Caroline Jenkins scored a game-high two goals, including the game-winner. The Braves out-shot Southwestern, 23-4.
Ottawa broke the ice in the 12th minute, and took a 1-0 lead that stood through halftime. McNutt scored the equalizer in the 51st minute to force a 1-1 tie, but the Braves returned the favor just nine minutes later with what became the game-winning goal. Ottawa added an insurance goal in the 67th minute on its way to the 3-1 win.
Wednesday's loss drops Southwestern to 4-6 on the season, and 1-2 in KCAC play. The Lady Builders will return home Saturday, hosting the Panthers of York College. Kick-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. inside Richard L. Jantz Stadium.