Location: Schueler Field (Cincinnati, OH)
The Lions played amazing defense to limit Bluffton's scoring opportunities the entire match. The Mount totaled 25 shots compared to the Beavers 2. Mount St. Joseph was able to take the lead before halftime 1-0. In the second half the Lions continued to show their strength on defense. They were also able to increase their lead and come out with a win with a final of 4-0.
How it Happened:
The first half of the match was mainly dominated by the Lions. They showed their defensive presence by allowing zero shots by the Beavers. The Mount was able to keep the ball on their side of the field with great passing and spacing. Mount St. Joseph was able to connect with a deep goal from Kara Vennemeier (Harrison, OH/ Harrison). She was able to sail the ball from outside the box just over the fingertips of the Bluffton goalie to put the Lions up 1-0. This would be the score as the teams headed in for halftime. The second half continued to be controlled by the Mount. They were able to keep possession of the ball for a majority of the time remaining. Kaylan Gruber (Harrison, OH/ Harrison) was able to strike next for the Lions, after using her speed to fly past the Beavers defenders. This score took place in the beginning seconds of the half and would make the score 2-0. The Lions were able to score again with a goal from Stefanie Autenrieb (Cincinnati, OH/ Seton) to increase the lead to 3-0. The Mount was able to score once more after an assist from Jodie Weimer (Cleves, OH/ Taylor) led to a goal by Madeline Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, OH/ Mother of Mercy). The Lions would go on to defeat the Beavers with a final score of 4-0.
The Lions defense continues to play well, as they allowed two shots on the goal the entire game. This kind of defensive integrity is what makes the Lions such a tough team to beat. Kara Vennemeier was very active on the offensive end. She continuously created opportunities for her teammates at the net and was able to score a goal of her own in the first half of play.
The Lions (12-2, 3-1) will continue conference play this Saturday, 10/14 as they face number one in the HCAC Franklin College (8-3, 4-0) at 5:00 pm on Schueler Field. Come support your Lions as they fight for first in the HCAC.