WILMORE -- From beginning to end, Asbury's women's soccer team had scoring chances against Shawnee State Friday. But the Eagles were unable to convert in a 1-0 loss in their home opener.
Although a defeat was not the desired result, AU head coach Brooke Lincoln and the Eagles walked away from the match with several positives.
"Tonight was one of those nights where we just couldn't buy a goal," Lincoln said. "However, start to finish it was the most complete game we've put together this season and we got better today. We had some young players in some challenge spots tonight and they rose to the occasion."
Both teams had 17 shots and seven shots on goal. The Eagles had six players with a shot on goal but the difference in the game was a goal scored by SSU's Maddie Woodard in the 13th minute.
After beginning the season with five matches on the road, Friday's contest was the first of six consecutive home matches for the Eagles. AU will next play another Mid-South Conference team in the University of Cumberlands Friday, Sept. 15.
"We are all excited to get back on the training field and fix some of the small things," Lincoln said. "This is a special group and I'm thrilled to see what's along the journey for us!"