ADA – The Heidelberg University women's soccer team was unable to hold off a strong offensive attack by Ohio Northern on Wednesday, falling by a final score of 5-1 on the road. The Student Princes rallied after trailing 1-0 at the break, finding an equalizer early in the second half, but a pair of goals by the Polar Bears in quick succession in response helped them pull away from the Berg.
Ohio Northern out-shot Heidelberg 20-6 in the match, as the Student Princes were unable to keep pace with the ONU offense.
Danielle Rathfon scored a goal in the 48th minute for the Berg, a goal that was an equalizer at the time. That score was her team-leading 6th goal of the season.
The Heidelberg defense was able to hold up for a large part of the first half, as the match remained scoreless through the first 30 minutes of action.
In the 34th minute, however, ONU broke through for the match's first goal when a deflected ball in the box was put into the net to but the Berg in a 1-0 hole.
That score held until halftime, as Heidelberg was unable to get much going on the offensive end. The Polar Bears out-shot the Student Princes 9-2 in the period and had a 3-0 edge in corner kicks.
Less than three minutes into the second period, the Berg took advantage of a good through ball by Lindsey Marcum. Rathfon was on the end of the pass and made one touch to beat the keeper and give the Student Princes the equalizer in the 48th minute.
That tie did not hold up for long, as Ohio Northern went on the attack and scored in the 56th minute, followed by another goal in the 57th minute to quickly make it a 3-1 deficit for Heidelberg.
In the 75th minute, a yellow card was issued to Alexandra Farmer, giving ONU a penalty kick. The Polar Bears capitalized on that chance to put Heidelberg behind 4-1.
ONU added on one more goal in the 81st minute when a Polar Bear got free along the end line and scored to make it 5-1.
That score held till the finish, as the Student Princes fell by a final score of 5-1.
Heidelberg will be on the road again this weekend when they travel to Marietta on Saturday. That match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.