Delhi, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph University women's soccer team welcomed the Grizzlies of Franklin College to Schueler Field for the Lions final home game of the 2019 season. Entering the game, the Lions came in with a 9-6-2 overall record and a 5-2-1 conference record, while the Grizzlies came in with 6-11-1 overall record and a 6-2 conference record.
Before Wednesday's game, the Lions were able to secure a spot in the HCAC tournament based off the result of the Anderson versus Bluffton game that took place earlier that day. The result of the Lions game would determine whether they placed third or fourth in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.
At the start of the game, senior Cheyenne Dunseith (Georgetown, Ohio/Georgetown) would take the honorary kick off for the Lions on senior day. With the game underway, the Lions would control much of the half. Although the Lions would keep the ball on the offensive side for much of the half, they struggled to get the ball past the Grizzlies goalkeeper. Six of the Lions eight shots were on goal in the first 45 minutes, but with no prevail the score line would read 0-0 entering the half.
During halftime, the Lions honored their six seniors on the team. #8 Madeline Rechel (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison), #14 Allie Murphy (Batavia, Ohio/Batavia), #15 Paige Mersmann (Florence Ky./Boone County), #18 Stefanie Autenrieb (Cincinnati, Ohio, Seton), #19 Jami Sponaugle (Franklin, Ohio/Franklin), and #21 Cheyenne Dunseith (Georgetown, Ohio/Georgetown) were all celebrated by their teammates and fans for their impact on at off the field for the Mount's soccer team over their career.
With the second half underway, the first 20 minutes would start off slow as the only offensive action would come within the first five minutes from a shot by Stefanie Autenrieb, which was stopped yet again by the Grizzlies goalkeeper. The Grizzlies would break the silence in the 65th minute, as they were able to break through the Lions defense, placing a shot right past Megan Gilpin (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) hands. The Lions would continue to take shots in the remainder of the half, but they were unable to hit anymore on frame. The Grizzlies would get the lone goal of the game and hand the Lions a 1-0 loss to end the regular conference season.
While the Lions were unable to record any goals in the Wednesday match-up, they did outshoot the Grizzlies 13-2, with eight shots being on goal and eight Lions taking an opportunity at goal. Only one corner kick was taken over the 90 minutes of play, which was in favor of the Lions late in the second half.
Although the Lions faced their second straight loss, they will now find themselves participating in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament for the fourth straight year. For the 2019 season, the Lions enter the tournament as the number four seed. In first place is Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, second is Hanover College, and third is Franklin College. The Lions will face off against the number one seed, Rose-Hulman, in the HCAC semifinal match-up on Tuesday, November 5th, at 7:30 PM in Terre Haute, Indiana. Earlier in the season, the Lions and Fightin' Engineers faced off at Schueler Field. The Lions had taken a 2-0 lead over the Fightin' Engineers, but in the remaining 40 minutes of the game, the Fightin' Engineers would tie things up. The game would enter double overtime, and ultimately result in a 2-2 tie. The Lions will enter the game in look for redemption from earlier in the season and hopes to make it back into the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, where they would defend their title from last season. Continue to checkout MSJSports.com for more update as the Lions enter post-season play for the 2019 season!