North Manchester, Ind. – The Mount St. Joseph women's soccer team headed north to take on conference competitor Manchester University in a Saturday afternoon match up. The Lions came into the game looking to win two in a row. Before the game, the Lions found themselves with a 6-5-2 overall record and a 2-1-1 HCAC record, while the Spartans of Manchester University entered the contest with a 0-13 overall record and a 0-4 HCAC record.
The Lions were not afraid to take shots today against the Spartans, as they would have a multi-goal game in their favor. The first goal for the Lions happened in the 11thminute of play as Jodie Weimer (Cleves, Ohio/Taylor) stepped up to take a corner quick. Her kick would land right past the goal where multiple Lions attempted to put it in the net and multiple Spartans attempted to kick it out, ultimately the ball went in favor of the Lions and found its way into the net off a Spartans defender. Weimer was credited for the assist while the Spartans recieved an own goal. The Lions didn't take long to take more shots on the Spartans and in the 16thminute freshman Lauren Boland (Lebanon, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) would record her first collegiate goal with a powerful shot from far outside the 18-yard box. She was assisted by Etelle Nfor (Frankfort, Ky./Western Hills)
The goals would keep coming in the first half with Madeline Rechel (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) scoring off a hit from outside the 18-yard box in the far corner, placing it in the opposite side of the net in the 24thminute. Lauren Boland would continue the scoring, getting her second goal of the game off a very similar kick, sending it right past the Spartans goalkeeper's hands in the 34thminute of the first half. The Lions would continue to take shots for the remainder of the half but were unable to get anymore into the back of the net, as they would enter halftime with a 4-0 lead over the Spartans.
While both teams would have shots early on in the second half, no one was able to get any past the goalkeepers. In the 80thminute the Lions would build their score to 5-0 with a goal by freshman Alyssa McClanahan (Aurora, Ind./ South Dearborn) which was her first collegiate goal. McClanahan was able to tap it in after the Spartans were unable to gain control of the ball off a Lions corner kick. Two minutes later the Spartans would stop the Lions shutout with a goal in the 82ndminute. Time would tick down and the Lions would defeat the Spartans of Manchester University by a score of 5-1 in the 90 minutes of play.
The Lions outshot the Spartans 21-10 over the course of 90 minutes, with 15 of the shots on goal and 12 different Lions taking their opportunity with a shot. Thanks to strong offensive pressure and a solid defense, goalkeeper Haylee Woepkenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio/Reading), who started her first game of the season, didn't face any shots on frame in the first half. In the second half, Woepkenberg made seven saves against the Spartans offense.
The Lions will be back in action on Wednesday, October 23rd, when they return home to Schueler Field to take on the Beavers of Bluffton University, with the game scheduled to begin at 7:30PM. The Beavers are currently 5-8 overall, with a 2-2 HCAC record. Last season, the Lions defeated the Beavers 4-1 while on the road. The Lions currently sit with a 3-1-1 HCAC record, giving them 10 points in the HCAC standings. Currently, the HCAC standings see a three-way tie for third place between the Lions, Anderson University and Transylvania University. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for more updates on the rest of the Lions 2019 season!