BOWLING GREEN — Glasgow’s hopes of winning a game in the 4th Region tournament in back-to-back seasons were dashed by the Bowling Green Lady Purples on Monday night.
Bowling Green dominated possession and kept Glasgow from creating many scoring opportunities in a 3-0 win in the opening round of the tournament.
The Lady Purples scored on the first shot of the game, which came off the foot of Haley Stevens less than two minutes into the match.
Glasgow coach Scott Zettlemoyer said that despite the early score, the Lady Scotties didn’t lose confidence and actually played with more aggression after surrendering the lead.
Glasgow(12-6) tightened the screws on defense after absorbing the initial blow from Bowling Green(9-10), but the Lady Scotties struggled to create opportunities for goals on the other end of the field.
Glasgow had a throw-in deep in Bowling Green territory about five minutes into the game, but Bowling Green’s defense snuffed out the chance without the Lady Scotties getting a shot off.
Paige Burd saved a long shot from Bowling Green just before the 26-minute-mark in the first half to keep the deficit at 1-0. The Glasgow senior goalkeeper followed that up with a brilliant save with 19 minutes left in the first half to keep the Lady Scotties close.
But Glasgow couldn’t retain possession long enough to threaten a score for most of the first half. Emma Bridges made it 2-0 Bowling Green with about 13 minutes left in the first half when her shot in the penalty box found the back of the net.
Glasgow’s first corner kick of the opening half failed to produce a shot for the Lady Scotties, and Bowling Green went on to hold a 2-0 halftime advantage.
Stevens’ second goal of the match came about 10 minutes into the second half and it gave Bowling Green a commanding 3-0 lead.
In her final game as a Lady Scottie, Burd made several quality saves for Glasgow including a diving stop about midway through the second half. But like the first half, the Lady Scotties couldn’t break through the Bowling Green defense.
“I think we played a really good game,” Zettlemoyer said. “When we had possession, we would get forward but we just couldn’t get into the final third.”
Glasgow recorded double-digit wins and was the District 15 runner-up in 2019. The Lady Scotties’ 11 regular season wins set a school record.
Last season, Glasgow won a region tournament game for the first time. Zettlemoyer believes this year was another step forward for the program.
He thanked the senior class for their effort and commitment.
“Every last senior has been tremendous,” Zettlemoyer said as he named each one of his players who will be graduating.
“They have nothing that they should hang their heads on. We’re in a good spot going forward and they’re going to do great things themselves.”
Bowling Green will face Franklin-Simpson at 6 p.m. in the second round of the 4th Region tournament Tuesday.