The Washburn soccer team took its first shutout loss of the season on Sunday against undefeated Northeastern State, falling 1-0 to the RiverHawks at Yager Stadium.
Northeastern State (9-0, 3-0 MIAA) scored the lone goal at the 33:10 mark of the first half when Jessie Lynch put in a shot off Sarah Rector’s corner kick.
The Ichabods (5-4-1, 1-2) were outshot 10-6 by the RiverHawks, but WU had a couple quality chances in the second half, including a shot by Tera Lynch that was saved by NSU goalkeeper with 2:47 left.
“It was a much better second half,” WU coach Davy Phillips said. “Things I talked to them at halftime about were just believing and executing and holding ourselves accountable. We’re just a little too passive right now in how they approach games and how they start games. It needs to be fixed.”
Washburn created six corner kicks but only put up four shots on goal.
“There’s times where we’re a couple passes away from breaking them down and getting good chances at the goal,” Phillips said. “We just kind of float through it instead of having that killer instinct where we’re looking to score goals and looking to make things happen.”
It was the second-straight one-goal loss for the Ichabods, who dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime to Central Oklahoma on Friday night.
Phillips said the Bods are continuing to make strides but need to take another step forward.
“Central Oklahoma, they’re perennially one of the top teams in the conference and we took them to overtime on Friday night,” he said. “(Northeastern State) is an undefeated team and we had large periods of the games where I thought we were better than them. We are close. But to me the difference right now is belief in the game and belief in results if we do things the right way.
“There’s a big difference when you expect to carry games versus when we can fill in the gaps of the game. We need to have more urgency and killer instinct and belief in ourselves.”
Washburn will play its next four games on the road, facing Missouri Southern on Friday and Southwest Baptist on Sunday.
Goal — NSU: Lynch. Assist: Rector. Shutout — NSU: Smith.
Records — NSU 9-0, 3-0. WU 5-4, 1-2.