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After holding the visiting Asbury Eagles scoreless in the first half, the Montreat Cavaliers' women's soccer team yielded five in the second to fall, 5-0, at home on Labor Day.

The contest was the second of two that the Cavs (0-3) played as part of their Labor Day Invitational at Pulliam Stadium in Black Mountain. They dropped their first game of the weekend in a tightly-fought contest against Bob Jones University (SC) on Saturday night.

With the victory, the Eagles moved to 4-1 on the season. They finished the weekend Invitational with a 2-0 mark that began with a 4-2 defeat of Milligan and concluded with Monday's win over the Cavs.

"The girls played a solid first half," said Montreat head coach Courtney Nash. "The tournament has been good for us. We've learned what we're capable of – Saturday's play – and we've exposed what we need to work moving forward – learning to play consistently at that speed and level."

Next: The Cavs travel on Saturday to the University of Pikeville (KY) to take on the Bears (0-2). 

Pictured: The Cavaliers' Alanna Castaneda (JR/Dallas, TX)

Photo credit & additional Cavalier team photos: Daniel Brunson Photography

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. – The Montreat Cavaliers' women's soccer team knew it had its work cut out for it when it faced Bob Jones University (SC) on Saturday night as part of this weekend's invitational at Pulliam Stadium. The Cavs fell decisively in 2016 to the Bruins (1-2), a team that went 15-6 last year and finished the season as the NCCAA Division II National Champions.

The Cavs were up to the task in every area of the game except, ultimately, on the scoreboard when they fell to the Bruins, 1-0, under the lights in Black Mountain.

"If we can put in that effort on the field game after game, the wins are going to come," said head coach Courtney Nash after the contest.

The Bruins' Bailey Martin scored the only goal of the night in the 28th minute of play of the first half. The tally came off an assist from BJU's Abby Davis and the scoring sequence can best be described as a chaotic loose ball scramble in close that made its way by Cavs' keeper Jordan DeVaan (SR/Asheville, NC).

Overall DeVaan was exceptional, turning away multiple scoring opportunities from the Bruins by aggressively cutting off their shot angles. 

"It's something I've been working a lot on with my keeper coach, coming out," said the senior from Asheville, via UNC-Charlotte. "Once you go, you have to commit. Even if I knew that I may not have been in the best position, I tried to commit while I was out there and stay with it."

Nash felt that her goalie was strong throughout, improving on a solid first half with an even better second. "I felt like in the second half she really owned the box and came out and took away the angles very, very well."

Freshman Cheyenne Pate was a standout defensively for Montreat, echoing her goalie's direction to her fellow defenders and the Cavs' midfield unit. 

Offensively, the home team maintained steady pressure throughout much of the first half, and overall closely matched the Bruins' in terms of creating quality scoring opportunities. Alanna Castaneda (JR/Dallas, TX) helped the Cavs possess the ball and maintain pressure while sophomore Tori Klose (JR/Keokuk, IA) proved effective on both sides of the ball for Montreat.

Klose nearly put the equalizer past Bruins' goalie Kayla Fischer late in the contest when she attempted to redirect a crossing pass from teammate Kristina Garren (SO/Lake Mary, FL). "It was a beautiful ball from Kristie," said Klose after the game. "I was just trying to get something on it and redirect it a little bit." Like her counterpart DeVaan, Fischer was sharp in goal all night for the Bruins.

The Cavs will try to follow up their strong effort with a second against AAC rival Asbury Eagles on Monday at 3 PM. The Eagles are 3-1 on the season and defeated Milligan, 4-2, in their opening game of this weekend's invitational. 

The Cavaliers' women's soccer team will try to even its 2017 record at 1-1 tonight at Pulliam Stadium when it faces Bob Jones (SC) at 7 PM as part of its Labor Day Weekend Invitational. Here's a quick update on games to date. Follow on Facebook and Twitter for updates as the games progress; we'll also post the final results here. Go Cavs! 

 
 
 
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