The Lions come up short in a hard fought nail biter

The Lions come up short in a hard fought nail biter

Location: Schueler Field (Cincinnati, OH)

The Basics: 

The Lions jumped to an early lead in the match.  They held the lead 2-1 for most of the game with strong defensive play.  Mount Union was able to make a last second goal to send the game into overtime.  In the second half of overtime Mount Union was able to steal the last goal to defeat the Lions and win 3-2.

How it Happened:

It started as a tight match between a battle of two great teams.  Mount St. Joseph was able to set the tone with strong defensive play.  The Lions were able to strike first with a goal from Alley Schmidt (Aurora, IN/ Lawrenceburg).  This gave the Lions the 1-0 lead until Mount Union was able to connect with the net to tie it up at 1-1.  This would be the score going into halftime.  In the second half, Mount St. Joseph continued to play amazing defense and keep the Raiders from getting opportunities near the net.  The Lions were able to score another goal to take the lead back after Paige Mersmann (Florence, KY/ Boone County) assisted Lindsey Potzick (Harrison, OH/ Harrison) to make the score 2-1.  The Lions defense allowed only 7 shots on goal the entire game.  This kind of play kept the lead safe for a majority of the game.  With time running out in the second half, the Raiders were able to connect with the goal with only 6 seconds left to send the match into overtime.  The first half of overtime was filled with great hustle by Mount St. Joseph but neither team was able to score.  In the second half of overtime, Mount Union was able to score to defeat the Lions with a final score of 3-2. 

Standouts:

The Lions defense was outstanding tonight only allowing 7 attempts at the net.  The hustle and determination really showed in multiple players running to the ball to make plays.  

Up Next:

The Lions will take on Spalding this Saturday, 9/9 at 11:00 am at home on Schueler field as they look to bounce back from the tough loss.