RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College women's soccer team battled Transylvania University to a 2-2 double-overtime draw in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) game at Matlack-Messer Stadium on Wednesday.
Earlham opened the scoring in the 19th minute as freshman Hailey Beel pounced on a loose ball after a Transylvania defender miscommunicated with its goalkeeper and the two collided with each other. Beel found the ball at her feet at the penalty spot and took a shot into the wide open net.
The Quakers did not hold the lead long, however, as Transylvania's Gabby Prevost broke loose down the far side of Matlack-Messer Stadium two minutes later and fired a low shot past the outstretched arms of sophomore goalkeeper Sari Stissi that glanced off the far post and in. The Pioneers kept up the offensive pressure and drew a penalty shot in the 32nd minute. Abby Van Bussum converted the penalty try with a low shot to the left corner, putting the visitors up 2-1, a lead Transylvania took to halftime.
Earlham nearly equalized in the midway through the second half when Beel's attempt for a second goal caromed off the crossbar in the 65th minute. Less than two minutes later, the crossbar was kind to the Quakers as Beel found senior Kelsey Moore open on the far post. Moore's shot glanced off the crossbar and across the goal line, tying the contest 2-2 with just over 20 minutes to play in regulation.
Transylvania outshot Earlham 11-5 in the second half as well as 8-3 in the two overtimes combined, but could not equalize as the Quakers got a result against the Pioneers on senior day.
The visitors outshot the hosts 32-10 in the contest, but held just an 8-5 edge in shots on goal. Stissi made six saves on eight shots to get the draw while Megan Gray, who played the last 91 minutes for the Pioneers, tallied three saves.
Moore and Beel combined for seven shots for Earlham while Noel Obata and Ceciilia Walton combined to tally 15 shots for Transylvania.
The Quakers (6-10-1, 2-5-1 HCAC) conclude their 2017 season at Manchester University on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.