Delhi, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph women's soccer team competed against the Fightin' Engineers of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Wednesday in a HCAC conference match-up. Both teams entered the contest 1-0 in HCAC play, with the Lions having a 5-4-1 overall record and the Fightin' Engineers having a 6-4 overall record.
The Lions took the field at Schueler Field for just the third time this season as they are now in HCAC play. The first half would start out with equal play from both sides, with both teams exchanging shots. Emily Reichling (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) would make a spectacular defensive save on the goal line to stop the Fightin' Engineers from going up early in the half. With time ticking down, the Lions would find their opportunity to capitalize with Jodie Weimer (Cleves, Ohio/Taylor) receiving the ball and dropping it back to Stefanie Autenrieb (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) who took a one touch shot at the top of the 18-yard box and sailed the ball into the opposite corner of the goal, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead in the 42ndminute, ultimately giving the Lions the advantage entering the half.
With the second half underway, the Lions wouldn't take long to build their lead. Just five minutes into the second half the Lions would take advantage off a Fightin' Engineers corner kick by clearing the ball up the field and Madeline Rechel (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) taking off in a break away to take on the goalkeeper one on one. Rechel tapped it past the goalkeeper to beat her to the left side and slid the ball into the opposite corner of the net. The Lions went up 2-0 over the Fightin' Engineer in the 50thminute of play.
The Fightin' Engineers would make a comeback during the second half to force the Lions to go into their fourth overtime of the season. Their first goal would come just four minutes after Rachel's as they would hit the back of the net from a shot outside the 18-yard box. Their second goal would come with less than 10-minutes remaining in regulation due to a Lions mistake, which resulted in an own goal, tying the game 2-2.
During overtime, the Lions had complete control of the ball, allowing no offensive attack from the Fightin' Engineers, taking five shots on them over the course of both overtime periods, but were unable to find the back of the net. Although the match resulted in a 2-2 tie, the Mount outshot Rose-Hulman 23-8 over the course of 120 minutes.
The Lions will be back in action on Saturday, October 12th, as they travel to take on Ravens of Anderson University. The game is set to kick off at 1PM at AU Soccer Stadium. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of the Lions 2019 season.