RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's soccer team held a one-goal lead late in regulation, but Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology tied the game late and scored the game-winner on double overtime as the Quakers fell to the Fightin' Engineers 2-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) action on Tuesday.
Both teams failed to score in the first half, though both had chances. Freshman Chloe Lamenzo broke through the right side of Matlack-Messer Stadium. Lamenzo sent a cross to the far post in the direction of freshman Jordan Blackburne, but Blackburne's deflection went just wide.
The Engineers nearly struck for their first goal of the game, but Earlham goalkeeper, sophomore Sari Stissi, made four saves in the first half.
Similar to the first half, both teams were held scoreless through the first portion of the second half, but in the 77th minute, the Quakers found a hole in the Engineer defense. Lamenzo sent a through ball that found the feet of Blackburne. This time, the Plymouth, Indiana, native capitalized on her scoring chance as she dribbled past Rose-Hulman goalkeeper Carli Weinburg and fired the ball into the open net.
Leading 1-0, Earlham's defense stifled the Engineers for ten minutes until the visitors leading scorer, Madeline Romeo, found space down the far side of Matlack-Messer Stadium. She sent a cross that found the foot of Stef Panzenhagen for the game-tying goal.
After a scoreless final three minutes, the two teams went into overtime, the first extra time game for Earlham this season. The Quakers and Engineers battled to a scoreless draw in the first overtime, but Jessica Wells pounced on a loose ball in the Earlham box and fired a low shot past Stissi for the game-winner.
Rose-Hulman held a 26-11 shots advantage as well as a 12-4 edge in shots on goal. Stissi, who dipped to 5-6-0 with the loss, made 10 saves in the game.
The Quakers, who now stand 1-1-0 in the HCAC, travel to Mount St. Joseph University this Saturday.