Lexington Ky. – The Mount St. Joseph women's soccer team met up with the Pioneers of Transylvania University on a chilly night for their fourth conference match-up of the season. The Lions entered the contest 1-1-1 in the HCAC while the Pioneers entered with a 2-0-1 conference record. The Lions looked to bounce back after a tough loss last Saturday to Anderson University.
It wouldn't take long for the Lions to find some momentum as they would find the back of the net early in the first half. In the 6thminute of play senior Madeline Rechel (Harrison Ohio, Harrison) would hit a screamer from outside the 18-yard box into the opposite side upper ninety to give the Lions a lead. The Lions would keep up the intensity following the goal with multiple opportunities but were unable to get any past the Pioneers goalkeeper. however the Pioneers would capitalize on an opportunity in the 34thminute with a shot just inside the 18-yard box into the upper ninety. Both teams would end up with chances in the remainder of the first half but were unable to secure any more goals and would enter halftime with one goal each.
The second half would start out strong again for the Lions, as they controlled most of the possession and had multiple opportunities on goal. With nine shots to one it was only a matter of time until the Lions would find the back of the net for the second time of the night. Goal number two would come to the Lions in the 85thminute with a cross from Catherine Hatfield (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia) that deflected off a defender in the box to Jodie Weimer (Cleves, Ohio/Taylor) who was able to pop the ball up to herself and hit it on the ground, past the goalkeeper low and into the far corner of the net. With just five minutes remaining in the game the Lions looked to keep possession of the ball and secure a win. Both teams would get one more shot off at goal before the final buzzer rang, indicating a 2-1 win for the Lions!
The Lions outshot the Pioneers 23-11 throughout the full 90 minutes of play, with eight different Lions getting an opportunity at goal. Goalkeeper Megan Gilpin (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) made two saves each in each half, giving her four saves total for the game. The Lions held a stellar defensive performance, especially in the second half where they were able to hold the Pioneers offense to just two shots.
With the win, the Lions improve their overall record to 6-5-2 and their HCAC record to 2-1-1. The Lions are currently tied for third place in the HCAC rankings with seven points. In the Lions next game, they travel to North Manchester, Indiana to take on the Spartans of Manchester University on Saturday, October 19, in a 1PM match-up at Good Field. The Spartans are currently 0-13 with a 0-4 conference record for the season. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of the Lions 2019 season!