DEFIANCE, Ohio – Earlham College women's soccer found the offensive chemistry that had eluded the Quakers over the past three games, with two goals in the first five minutes sparking the Maroon and White to a 4-1 triumph over Defiance College, Wednesday afternoon at Winsper-Knobel Memorial Field
The scoring outburst was the first multi-goal effort from Earlham since a 3-1 win over MacMurray in late September. Junior Jordan Blackburne led the Quakers with two goals and one assist, while Nicole Burkett tallied one goal and two assists. First year Eva Lyon accounted for the remaining Earlham goal, while Hailey Beel was also credited with one assist.
Blackburne and Beel connected on Earlham's first goal just 42 seconds in the game on a soggy Winsper-Knobel field, while Burkett scored off a pass from Blackburne in the game's fifth minute.
Defiance's Blake Newman put the Yellow Jackets on the scoreboard in the 40th minute, cutting Earlham's lead in half, 2-1.
In the second half, Lyon charted her lone goal of the game in the 59th minute off a feed from Burkett. Blackburne capped the day's scoring in the 66th minute, extending the Earlham lead to 4-1 off an assist from Burkett.
Earlham outshot Defiance, 19-14, and the Quakers held a slim 3-2 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
First year Micah Nicholson got the start in the Earlham goal and charted five saves over her 90 minutes, while Defiance's Madi Bowman registered six stops for the Yellow Jackets.
Earlham women's soccer improved to 8-9-0 overall, 1-7-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while Defiance slipped to 4-14-1, 0-8-0 HCAC. The Quakers wrap up their 2019 slate on Saturday, Nov. 2, when they host Manchester University in a 1:00 p.m. contest.