BLUFFTON, Ohio - On a Wednesday afternoon your Mount St. Joseph Lions headed north to Bluffton University to faceoff against the Beavers. The Lions came into the game looking to regain confidence after some tough conference defeats. The Lions entered play with a 3-12 overall record and a 1-4 HCAC record while the Beavers posted a 5-10 overall record and a 0-5 HCAC record.
Both teams came out of the tunnel firing with offense. After each team fired shots at the net it didn't take long for the ball to find the net. In the 17th minute the Beavers were able to pull ahead with the first lead of the game. The ball was played through past the defenders and Bluffton's Hunter Coffey was able to knock it past the keeper to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead. This looked to fire up the Lions offense. After four unanswered shots by the Lions the fifth was able to get them on the board. In the 26th minute Senior Nathan Schmeusser (West Harrison, Ind./East Central) scored his sixth goal of the season to tie the game at one a piece. The Lions kept firing at the net but were not able to find the net until the second half. The Mount ended the first half with a total of 17 shots while Bluffton only totalled 7. After halftime The Mount got going early once again. Only 4 minutes into the half Will Cissell (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) received a ball from Nicholas Phelps (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell Co.) and put it in the back of the net to give the Lions a 2-1 lead! The Lions offense continued to produce shots but could not find the net. In the 79th minute the Beavers finally answered with a goal that tied the game at two a piece. Before the game was over each team had a couple of shots but none of them would give them the lead. This game headed into overtime with each team firing on offense. The Mount totalled 25 shots at the end of regulation while Bluffton totalled 16. The first overtime was silent as both teams showed off their strong defense. In the second overtime the Lions were down a man on the field when Bluffton was able to pull ahead. With only 3 minutes remaining the Beavers were able to score the game winning goal. The Lions fought hard but weren't able to pull away with the victory.
The Lions will be back in action this Saturday, October 26th as part of a double-header at Schueler Field. First the women's soccer team will take on Defiance College and then the men's team is scheduled to kick off against Defiance at 3:30PM. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of the Lions 2019 season!