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First-half goal holds up, Storm earn shutout win

First-half goal holds up, Storm earn shutout win

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time.

Cami Schmalz did just that Tuesday night, scoring the first goal of her career in a mad scramble in the box to lift the Simpson women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Monmouth (Ill.)

Riley Adams made five saves to turn in her first clean sheet and the Storm (1-3) backline held Monmouth to eight shots, two in the second half. The Fighting Scots (3-2) had scored 19 goals in the previous four games.

Key Moment
• Just over 31 minutes into the first half, Monmouth goalkeeper Kensey Arlt left her post in an effort to collect a cross by the Storm. She bobbled the ball, then made a diving effort to secure it. Schmalz took advantage of the chaos and buried her first career goal.

"We needed [that goal]. We needed it to propel us going forward." — head coach Jill Serafino

"It was a wide-open goal, I was just in the right place at the right time." — freshman Cami Schmalz

• Simpson took a season-high 10 shots Tuesday night, getting three from Taylor Sudman and two each from Schmalz, Dani Marquez and Maddie Simmons.

• Tuesday marked the first-ever meeting between Simpson and Monmouth, but the Storm improved to 17-13-1 all-time against teams currently affiliated with the Midwest Conference.

• The Storm got their first shutout of the season, lowering their goals against average to 1.25.

Up Next
Simpson hits the road this weekend for games at Westminster (Mo.) and Principia (Ill.). on Sept. 15-16. The Blue Jays (2-1) are coming off a 9-0 win against Alverno.