Location: Schueler Field (Cincinnati, OH)
The Lions started the game off on the wrong foot, after accidentally knocking the ball into their own goal off a deflection. The second half of the match the Lions were able to regain their focus. They played outstanding defense and were able to score two goals to take the lead at the end of the game. The Lions were able to win with a final score of 2-1.
How it Happened:
The Mount took some time to catch a rhythm in the match. They played very good defense the first half, holding Earlham to no shots. The only score that came in the first half was completely unexpected. The Lions mistakenly knocked the ball into their own goal to give Earlham the lead 1-0 going into halftime. The Lions came into the second half extremely focused. They continued to play amazing defense, shutting down Earlham and holding them to zero shots the entire game. They were able to tie the score after a goal from Morgan Knasel (Sidney, OH/ Sidney). This made the score 1-1 in the 72nd minute. The game remained tied until the 87th minute, where Jasmine Cahill (Independence, KY/ Simon Kenton) was able to score after an assist from Alley Schmidt (Aurora, IN/ Lawrenceburg). This gave the Lions the lead 2-1 with only 3 minutes remaining in the match. The Mount would continue to finish the game with the lead, giving them the win with a final of 2-1.
Morgan Knasel had an impressive performance. She was able to get to the net 4 times and connected on one goal to tie the score and keep the Lions in the game. Defensively, Madeline Rechel (Harrison, OH/ Harrison) was able to keep Earlham away from the net. She did an outstanding job hustling to loose balls to give her team the opportunities they needed to win.
Mount St. Joseph (11-2, 2-1) will try to continue to improve their conference record as they face Bluffton (2-9, 1-2) on Schueler Field Wednesday, 10/11 at 7:00 PM.