TIFFIN – A late rally by the Heidelberg University women's soccer team fell short in a 2-1 loss against Ohio Northern on Tuesday. The game was played on the artificial surface at Hoernemann Stadium due to sloppy conditions at the Hidden Valley Soccer Complex.
Ohio Northern (8-6-1) controlled play throughout much of the period. Kristina Klusek levied eight shots in the period, but could not beat HU goalkeeper Kenzie Lundqvist. In the 22nd minute, Klusek intercepted a ball in the Berg penalty area and crossed it to Alaura Mikesell. Mikesell slipped the ball past Lundqvist and gave ONU a 1-0 lead.
In the 71st minute, Missy Ward scored her second goal of the season on a ball that was headed across. Ward finished in the upper right corner to give the Polar Bears a two-goal lead.
Heidelberg (3-12-1) tallied a goal in the 82nd minute. Darby Maloney played a short corner kick in to Kristen Keenan, who found space along the right edge of the penalty area and struck the ball well into the netting on the back post. For Keenan, it was her fifth goal of the season.
Keenan had a chance for an equalizer in the 85th minute, but her strike from 25 yards was right at ONU goalkeeper Emily Brodict.
- Klusek tallied 10 shots for the game.
- Lundqvist finished with eight saves.
- Moloney's assist was her first collegiate point.
Head coach Nick Spell about Keenan's goal: "It was nice to see the goal because we've been working on short corners ... Scoring on corners has been something we've struggled with all year, so it was good to see us put one in the back of the net."
Spell on his team's effort defensively: "We did a good job of getting in behind them and staying tight. We did give away some shots, but nothing that was really dangerous."
Spell addressing the Ohio Northern goals: "The two goals they scored were first class. Alaura's goal was just a rip. The other goal [Ward's] as such a strong volley."
Spell on his team's spirit and resolve: "It was good to see that when we went down, our girls kept fighting ... To score a goal after that shows a lot of character."
Heidelberg hosts Marietta on Saturday for Senior Day. The Student Princes will recognize Leeora Mohler, Rachel Gilbert, Christina Neal, Hannah Gregoire and Mackenzie Gable on their last home game for the Tricolor. The match, slated for Hidden Valley, is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.