ELGIN, Ill. - The No. 11 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team hadn’t played in a week and hadn’t practice with the whole team due to injuries and sickness, but came ready to play against Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference rival No. 14 Judson University on Saturday, Sept. 22. The game was promoted as the NAIA Game of the Week, and it proved to be worthy.
Despite ten shots being taken between the two teams, with seven saves, the game remained scoreless through the first half. Olivet had four corner kick opportunities, but couldn’t finish them off.
Junior defender Rachel Kilbry (Spring Lake, Mich.) changed that at the 71:40 minute mark by netting an unassisted corner kick to put the Tigers on top 1-0. The goal was Kilbry’s first of the season.
“The girls played with composure against a good Judson team,” said head coach Bill Bahr. “Rachel played great and came up big with the game winning goal off of one of our many corner kicks. She was also key in our shutout performance on defense.”
The Tigers (5-2) outshot the Eagles 15-7 on the day. Senior goalkeeper Wendy Espejel (Ontario, Cal.) finished the day with four saves, while Judson’s keeper had eight.
Olivet returns to the field at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 traveling to Roosevelt University (Ill.) for another CCAC match-up.