COLUMBIA — The only thing the Columbia College women's soccer team was missing was a ball in the back of the net.
The Cougars lost 1-0 to Missouri Valley College on Wednesday at R. Marvin Owens Stadium in a game dominated by defense.
Columbia College coach John Klein said he thought his team put forth a good enough effort to win.
"We gave everything we would've liked to see, but you can't win if you can't score," Klein said.
The only goal of the game came in the 63rd minute from Missouri Valley senior midfielder Emily Lock, who had her first shot on a breakaway stopped by Cougars junior goalkeeper Erica Ramirez. When Ramirez was unable to control the rebound, Lock put it past her.
There were a handful of chances for both teams in the first half, but neither side could score. The second half saw the game open up more with both teams taking more chances offensively.
Columbia's best chance to tie the game came in the 88th minute when freshman defender Mallory Page found herself open in front but pushed the shot just wide of the goal.
Sophomore midfielder Amanda Caldwell said she saw the game as a chance to show that the Cougars (2-3-0) are competitive in the first year of the program.
"We wanted to show that we are a legitimate soccer program," Caldwell said. "We've only had a month or so together, so I think we caught them off guard with how we've grown as a team."
Columbia College's next game is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Kansas Wesleyan.