Alma, Mich. – The Mount St. Joseph University women's soccer team traveled this weekend to take on the Scots of the College of Wooster on Saturday, September 7th, and the Scots of Alma College on Sunday, September 8th. The Lions ended the weekend 1-1-0 and were able to secure the teams first win of the season on Sunday, bringing their overall record to 1-2-1.
SATURDAY 7TH– Mount St. Joseph 0 – College of Wooster 1
The Lions struggled to find a rhythm on Saturday against the Scots of the College of Wooster. Both teams held a strong defense throughout the game. The Scots would lead the attack during the game, out shooting the Lions 10-2 in just the first half. During the second half the Lions were able to pick up their offense with nine shots on goal, but were unable to find the back of the net.
The lone goal of the game would come in the 71stminute of the match as the Scots would send in a long cross from the right side of the field and capitalize on the opportunity. The Lions record would fall to 0-2-1, as they hoped a win would be in their future soon.
SUNDAY 8th– Mount St. Joseph 3 – Alma College 2
During Sunday's match up the Lions were able to find the energy they had been looking for. Things started out slow for both teams as possession went both ways during the first 20 minutes. The Lions would strike first, Catherine Hatfield (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) would take it inside the 18-yard box after beating the defender and cross it in front of the goal where Madeline Rechel (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) would tap the ball in and take the lead for the Mount. It wouldn't take much longer for the Lions to find the back of the net for the second time. This time Jodie Weimer (Cleves, Ohio/Taylor) would record herself an unassisted goal as she was able take on and beat two defenders and shot the ball past the goalkeeper into the right upper 90 from inside the 6-yard box. The first half would end with the Mount in good position up 2-0 and outshooting the Scots 8-5.
Things did not go as planned for the Lions during the second half of play. With about 20 minutes remaining in the game the Mount would lose a player due to a red card and play the remainder of the game a player down. The Scots would take this opportunity and capitalize on it, scoring two goals within a span of five minutes and tying the game 2-2 with less than 10 minutes to go in the half. The Lions would make the appropriate adjustments as needed to still give themselves a chance but time would continue to tick down as both teams would be forced into overtime.
For the second time this season the Lions would see themselves playing some extra soccer. This time though would be different. Just eight minutes into overtime Lauren Haynes (Hamilton, Ohio/Ross) would receive the ball in between the halfway line and the 18-yard box, take one touch, and rocket the ball past the Scots defense and right above the goalkeepers hands, giving the Lions the golden goal and ultimately defeating the Scots of Alma 3-2.
The Lions will have a week break before heading down south to Georgia next weekend to take on the Lions of Piedmont College on Saturday, September 14th, and the Eagles of Emory University on Sunday, September 15th. You can catch the Lions back in action at home on Tuesday, September 17that 7PM against Ohio Wesleyan. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updated on the Lions 2019 season!