RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's soccer team opened Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play with a 2-1 victory over Bluffton University at Matlack-Messer Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Earlham had a couple of scoring chances early, but Bluffton goalkeeper Jules Frazier saved all three shots. In the 26th minute, sophomore Emma Lady found freshman Hailey Beel who fired a low shot in the near corner to give the Quakers a 1-0 lead.
Earlham peppered Frazier with seven shots in the first half while sophomore goalkeeper Sari Stissi, who made three saves in the game, faced three shots as the hosts took the one-goal lead into halftime.
With 13 minutes to play, senior Abbey Smith scored the second goal of her season as she took a pass from freshman Zarmina Khan and fired a shot off the post and in. Trailing 2-1, the Beavers took advantage of a free kick as Brittany Huff beat Stissi with a shot to the top corner at the 85:46 mark.
The Quakers' defense did not allow a shot the rest of the way, however, as Earlham improved to 4-1-0 at Matlack-Messer Stadium with the win.
Earlham outshot Bluffton 15-9 in the game while the Beavers held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks. Freshman Yana Miller took for shots for the Quakers with two being on net.
Skylar Liming led Bluffton with four shots in defeat.
Earlham improves to 5-5-0 overall with the win and 1-0-0 in HCAC play. The Quakers continue their HCAC slate by hosting Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Tuesday.