NORTH MANCHESTER, Indiana – The Earlham College women's soccer team came from two goals down to defeat Manchester University 4-3 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) that concluded the 2017 season on Saturday.
Courtney Hersick opened the scoring for Manchester at the 14:03 mark as she took a Maggie Carpenter pass and volleyed a shot past Earlham goalkeeper Sari Stissi. Chloe Lamenzo leveled the game in the 27th minute scoring her 10th goal of the season unassisted.
Manchester, which held a 9-4 shots edge in the first half, kept the offensive pressure up and took a 2-1 lead in the 29th minute when Maranda Birmingham successfully chipped a shot over Stissi from outside the 18-yard box. The Spartans took the 2-1 lead into halftime.
Five minutes into the second half, Manchester took a 2-goal lead when Birmingham scored her second goal of the game by tapping in a cross from Kelsey Ropp.
Determined to end the season with a victory, Lamenzo got the Quakers within one when she scored off a rebound in the 72nd minute. Four minutes later, the Olympia, Washington, native completed the hat trick on a free kick goal to tie the game.
Manchester had six shots in the next 10 minutes, but could not crack the Quakers' defense again. In the 87th minute, Yana Miller found Jordan Blackburne open in the box, and Blackburne scored what proved to be the game-winning goal.
The Spartans held a 31-10 advantage in shots as well as earning six corner kicks compared to three for the Quakers. Stissi made 13 saves on 16 shots on goal to earn the win while Spartan goalkeeper Cami Holford made two saves on six shots on goal.
Earlham concludes its season with a 7-10-1 record including a 3-5-1 mark in HCAC play. The Quakers improved by six wins from last season and finished the conference season in seventh place, two spots higher than last season.