DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) capitalized off a rebound to score the game's only goal in a 1-0 victory over the Earlham College women's soccer team in the season-opener for both teams on Friday evening.
OWU's Emily Sheridan fired a shot at Earlham goalkeeper, sophomore Sari Stissi, in the 65th minute of a scoreless game at Jay Martin Soccer Complex. Stissi made the save, but surrendered a rebound which went right to Sheridan who tapped the ball into the open net.
Stissi, who made eight saves in the contest, would only be beaten once, keeping her club in the game, but the Quakers were unable to crack to Battling Bishop defense for a potential game-tying goal.
Mackenzie Brunke earned the shutout victory while making three saves in the game. Stissi took the loss despite her stellar performance.
The Quakers hung with the Bishops in the first half as OWU only took four more shots than Earlham, but the hosts used a 13-2 advantage in the final 45 minutes to find the winning goal.
Earlham tallied seven shots in the game, and all were taken by underclassmen. Freshman Yana Miller took three shots while sophomore Emma Lady fired two, one of which was on net. Sophomore Raven McCree and freshman Chloe Lamenzo each had one shot.
Ashely Smiley and Sheridan combined for 12 shots including seven on target for the OWU offense.
The Quakers (0-1-0) will face Trine University on the road on Tuesday before hosting MacMurray College at Matlack-Messer Stadium on Thursday.