Delhi, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph women's soccer team took on the visiting Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University in a Tuesday night match-up. The Lions finally returned to home turf for the first time in five games. The Lions entered the game with a 1-4-1 record and the Battling Bishops entered the game with a 4-3 record. The fans received some free soccer in Tuesday's game, as the final score would be determined in double overtime. The Lions would walk away with the victory defeating the Battling Bishops 2-1.
The first half would start out even between both teams. The Lions would get the first strike with Paige Mersmann (Florence, Ky./Boone County) taking a shot from the 20-yard line, barely missing wide of the goal. Both the Lions and the Battling Bishops would fight to gain possession and get off any shot they could with no prevail. In the first half the Lions would barely out shoot in the Battling Bishops eight shots to seven shots. With time winding down in the first half, the Lions would find themselves on top of the scoreboard. The Lions would take advantage of a Battling Bishops free kick, winning the ball out of the air, Jami Sponaugle (Franklin, Ohio, Franklin) would bring it down, dropping the ball to Jodie Weimer (Cleves, Ohio/Taylor) who chipped the ball over top the Battling Bishops defense to Stefanie Autenrieb (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton), who was able to fly right by the defense and chip the ball over the goalkeeper and into the goal with just 32 seconds left in the first half, giving the Lions a 1-0 lead entering halftime.
As the game entered the second half of play, not much would happen during the first 20 minutes. The Battling Bishops would end up tying the game at 1-1 each in the 67thminute of play. From there on until the end of the half the Lions would find themselves on the defensive end for the most part as they would be outshot seven shots to three in the entire second half. With time winding down, neither team was able to capitalize on any of their opportunities and the Lions would find themselves playing in overtime for the third time this season.
In the first overtime period, both teams would only get two shots on goal each, with both seeing one shot go wide and one being saved by the goalkeepers. Another 10 minutes would be added to the board as the final overtime period was set to begin. With less than four minutes remaining in the game, Jodie Weimer received the ball just in front of the 50 yard line and took off dribbling down the field, she would beat three defenders and make it into the 18-yard box where she passed the ball off to Paige Mersmann who would take a one touch shot and place it right above the goal keepers hands into the left upper 90, securing the Lions second victory of the season!
The Lions will have a couple days of rest before heading back up north to take on the Terriers of Hiram College on Saturday, September 21stat 1PM. The Lions look to continue winning, as they are just a couple games away from entering conference play. Continue to check out MSJSports.com for updates on the lions 2019 season!