BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The No. 2 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team wasted little time setting the tone for the 2013 season. The Tigers (1-0) downed sister-school Mount Vernon Nazarene University 2-0 in a lightening shortened match-up in the ONU Classic on Friday, Aug. 30.
Despite the relatively mild summer that Bourbonnais enjoyed, the heat index climbed near the double-digits for the home opener. With over 150 fans in the stand, the Tigers started their endeavor on returning to the NAIA National Championships to finish what they came so close to a year ago.
Just five minutes had ticked off of the clock when junior mid-fielder Katie Smith (Spring Lake, Mich.) broke free and netted the first Tiger goal of the season. At the 18 minute mark, the Mount Vernon’s Rachel Walters was issued a red card, making the Cougars finish the game down a player.
At the 55:00 mark, sophomore Betsy Hetrick (Plainfield, Ind.) scored her first goal of the new year. The Tigers held on to the 2-0 lead as the skies darkened and the lightening moved closer and closer. With 10 minutes to play, the officials and head coaches agreed to call the game.
Freshman goal keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) finished her first game as a Tiger with two saves in as many attempts.
The ONU Classic continues tomorrow with Olivet taking on Grace College (Ind.). The Lancers, who are receiving votes in the preseason NAIA Coaches Poll, enter the game 2-2 coming off of a 1-0 win over Siena Heights University (Mich.) in the tournament opener. Mount Vernon will face Siena Heights at 3 p.m. and Olivet will face Grace at 5 p.m.