Olivet falls to No. 7 Spring Arbor; blanks Cincinnati Christian
Author: Wendy Reid
Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – It was a weekend of highs and lows for the No. 5 Olivet Nazarene University women’s soccer team as they hosted the second of their ONU Classic Invitations on Sept. 13-14. The Tigers suffered their second loss of the season against No. 7 Spring Arbor University (Mich.) on Friday night, falling 1-0 in overtime before routing Cincinnati Christian University (Ohio) 8-0 on Saturday night.
Friday night’s matchup with the Cougars was as even as even can be. At the end of regulation, both teams had attempted 12 shots, freshman keeper Sarah Vrosh (Ada, Mich.) and Spring Arbor’s Sarah Yancer had eight saves each.
The upset happened just 4:08 into the overtime period. Karly Linton netted a goal past Vrosh to put the Cougars up 1-0. The Tiger’s had not lost back-to-back games in almost exactly one year, falling to Vanguard University (Cal.) on Sept. 13, 2012 and two days later to Lee University (Tenn.).
Olivet (4-2) snapped back, though a little sluggish in the opening half with Cincinnati Christian (1-5). The Tigers had just a 1-0 lead entering the half despite attempting 15 shots. Junior Katie Smith (Spring Lake, Mich.) found the open net at the 27:25 mark to put the Tigers up.
The second half was much more eventful as the Tigers took a 34 shots in 45 minutes. The Eagles keeper, Kennedi Willis fought off eight in the half, but couldn’t stop the assault. Junior Jessica Higer (Kuna, Idaho) netted back-to-back goals at 53:13 and 56:59, her first two goals of the season. Sophomore Betsy Hetrick (So. Plainfield, Ind.) found the goal at the 62:00 mark. Freshman Molly Reamon (Grand Rapids, Mich.) posted her first two goals of the season, first at 74:55 off of a pass by senior Jessica Bachelor (Metamora, Ill.) and then again at 85:34, with an assist from freshman Megan Woods (North Canton, Ohio).
Woods posted her first goal as a Tiger just four minutes after her assist to Reamon and less than a minute later Bachelor netted her first of the season. The Tigers ended the day with 49 shots, 20 on goal.
Vrosh and sophomore keeper Amanda Siciak (Bloomingdale, Ill.) combined for the shutout, the Tigers fourth of the season. Vrosh had the only two saves of the day, the only two shot that the Eagles attempted.
Olivet will take an 11 day break from competition, returning to action until Sept. 25 when they will travel to Holy Cross College (Ind.) to open Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. (EST).