Wahl connects to push Tigers past Eagles
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:06 PM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – To call the game between the No. 10 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team and Robert Morris University (Ill.) physical would be an understatement. The Tigers entered the game undefeated and alone atop the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) standing, while the Eagles were close behind in second place with just one loss. The girls knew what was on the line, and played to prove it.
Olivet (12-2, 8-0) controlled the ball most of the first half, keeping the pressure on the Eagle defense. The Tigers took a total of seven shots, but couldn’t find the net. Senior goal keeper Wendy Espejel (Ontario, Cal.) recorded two saves to shut down the Eagles. The teams went into the break with the game scoreless.
At 52:12 in the second half, freshman Elizabeth Wahl (Homer Glen, Ill.) broke away from the Eagle defense and netted what would ultimately be the game winning goal. The strong Tiger defense continued to dominate the CCAC, posting it's eighth shut-out.
The Tigers lost two key players, junior Rachel Kilbry (Spring Lake, Mich.) and senior Meghan Pipal (Wheaton, Ill.) to injuries in the second half. Both incidents resulted in the carding and eventual ejection of Robert Morris’ Carolynn Wailand.
Olivet will return to action at 5p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 as they travel to Trinity International University (Ill.). This will be another key CCAC match-up as the Tigers put their perfect 8-0 record on the line against the Trojans who now sit in second place with a 6-2 conference record.