Ohio Wesleyan Outguns Wittenberg in Thriller

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Senior midfielder Jessica Copeland (Ligonier, Pa./Foxcroft, Va.) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal to cap a late 3-0 run that gave Ohio Wesleyan the lead, and the Bishops held on to defeat Wittenberg in North Coast Athletic Conference action on Wednesday at Selby Field.

The win clinches the No. 4 seed for Ohio Wesleyan in the upcoming NCAC tournament. The Bishops will face either Wooster or Kenyon in a semifinal contest on Friday, April 30, with the tournament site to be determined.

The entire second half was an edge of the-seat affair, with most of the action occuring with a tie score or a one-goal margin. Wittenberg evened the game at 14-14 on a goal by Maggie Amorello with 13:52 left in regulation time, setting up the thrilling conclusion.

Ohio Wesleyan took the lead for good on a score by sophomore attacker Addie Bishop (Grand Rapids/Notre Dame Academy), then added a goal by senior midfielder Abbey Miller (Wollwich, Maine/Morse) just over a minute later. Copeland's unassisted goal increased the Bishop lead to 17-14 with 3:49 left in regulation time.

The Bishops won the ensuing draw and worked nearly a minute off the clock, but turned the ball over when junior midfielder Marlowe Mavian (Columbus/Wellington) was called for a charge.

Wittenberg took advantage of the opportunity, getting a score from Jordan Beauchamp with 2:59 left in regulation time, then winning the ensuing draw and closing to within 17-16 on Joelle Ghanem's goal with 2:20 to play. Ohio Wesleyan won the next draw, and the Bishops were able to whittle nearly 2 minutes off the clock until Mavian's goal with :24 left iced the contest.

Miller put the Bishops on the scoreboard first, but the Tigers answered with an 8-meter goal by Ghanem just 18 seconds later, kicking off a 3-0 Wittenberg run.

Mavian converted a free-position shot to spark a 5-0 Bishop run that ended with a pair of scores by senior attacker Elizabeth Lambert (Alexandria, Va./Williams) that put Ohio Wesleyan ahead, 6-3, exactly midway through the first half.

Wittenberg enjoyed the edge in play during the remainder of the half, outscoring Ohio Wesleyan, 5-1, with the help of 2 goals and an assist from Amorello. After Mavian and Jenn Close traded goals just 16 seconds apart early in the second half, the Bishops racked up consecutive 8-meter shots by Copeland, freshman midfielder Meredith Wholley (Brentwood, Tenn.), and Mavian for an 11-9 lead with 22:41 to go.

Amorello scored one goal and set up another as Wittenberg tied the game at 11 less than 90 seconds later, and the teams would trade tallies thrice after that, setting up the frantic final few minutes.

Copeland finished with 4 goals, raising her season total to 62 to break the Ohio Wesleyan season record of 58 set by Jen Durgin in 1998. Mavian also scored 4 goals for Ohio Wesleyan, while Miller finished with 3 goals. Ohio Wesleyan's 18 goals increased the team's season total to 212, breaking the school record of 209 set in 2006.

Sophomore Lauren Figy (Westfield, Mass.) was credited with 11 saves in the Ohio Wesleyan goal. Amorello led Wittenberg with 5 goals and 2 assists, Close scored 4 goals, and Ghanem finished with 3 goals and an assist. Bonnie Kenney started in the Wittenberg goal and made 10 saves, while Jenny Schaafsma had 2 saves during the second half.

2010-04-21



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