WESTERVILLE -- The Heidelberg University women's soccer team were swept away by Otterbein University on the road Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals came away with the win by a final scoreline of 6-2.
With the loss, Heidelberg falls to 6-8-1 (1-4), while Otterbein improves to 11-2 (5-0).
The Cardinals did the heavy lifting early, behind a hat-trick by Bella Shively in the first 23 minutes of the game. Shively buried a deflected free-kick in just the fifth minute. Her second came on a unmarked finish inside the box on a cross from Priscilla Severance in the 17th minute. Her third came just six minutes later, as she struck a high shot from the right side of the box that snuck in past Alexander Farmer in the Heidelberg net.
The Student Princes wouldn't go away quietly, finishing off two goals just five minutes apart. Danielle Rathfon snapped a shot from the left-side of the box to the upper right corner to get the Berg off the mark. The goal was Rathfon's first of the season.
Erica Campbell brought Heidelberg within one, soon after when she struck a high shot that clanked off the crossbar and down and into the back to the net -- her eighth goal of the season.
Myiah Kelly responded by finishing a rebound off her own initial shot in the 41st minute. The goal gave Otterbein a two-goal cushion heading into the half.
Otterbein benefited from two penalty kicks in the second half. Emily Ganz and Haley Hott each netted a goal from the spot.
Farmer faced a battle all afternoon, but stood tall, collecting 14 saves. The mark tied a career high for Farmer, who collected 14 in a game away to Capital as a freshman.
The Berg will be back at home on Wednesday evening for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Hoernemann Stadium as Ohio Northern University (11-2, 5-0) pays a visit to Tiffin, Ohio.