WILMINGTON – The Heidelberg University women's soccer team may have gone through a lot up ups and downs this season, but they ended their season on a brighter note, battling to a 1-1 tie at Wilmington on Saturday evening. The two squads each scored in the first half and then underwent a defensive battle through the remainder of the match.
The first period opened up with Wilmington being the aggressor, as Kenzie Lundqvist had to make a trio of saves in the first 16 minutes of action. Despite this attack, the Berg countered with some offense of their own when Kristen Keenan found Denise Bowes, who scored her second goal of the season to give Heidelberg the 1-0 lead in the 30th minute.
That lead did not last long, however, as the Quakers found the equalizer in the 32nd minute to knot the score up at one. From there, the two defenses battled, with Heidelberg getting a shot on goal with one second remaining by Leeora Mohler, but the Wilmington goalkeeper made the save to send the game into halftime tied.
To open the second half, Mohler had a couple more chances on goal in the 61st and 63rd minute, but they were both saved. The only other scoring threats in the period came in the 84th and 85th minute by the Quakers, but Lundqvist was able to make the saves, sending the match into overtime.
In the first overtime period, Wilmington was the only squad to put a shot on goal, registering two, but they were both saved, as the two teams went to a second overtime.
Only one shot was recorded in the second overtime period, as Darby Moloney made an attempt in the 106th minute, but the save was made and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Wilmington out-shot the Berg 17-12 for the entire match, though Heidelberg had five corner kicks compared to just two for the Quakers.
Mohler led the Berg with four shots while Bowes finished with three. The assist by Keenan was her second of the season, as she finished the year leading Heidelberg in points with 14 (six goals, two assists).
Lundqvist ended the match with 10 saves, the fourth time this season she has recorded double-digit saves in a match.
Heidelberg finished their season with a 3-13-3 record with a 0-7-2 mark in Ohio Athletic Conference action.
This was the final match in the careers of Mackenzie Gable, Rachel Gilbert, Hannah Gregoire, Emily Hopton, Nichole Johnson, Leeora Mohler and Christina Neal, all of whom saw playing time in the season finale.