Oberlin Drops Heartbreaker to Kenyon

Oberlin, Ohio - Oberlin finished up their final home tilt of a stellar regular season with a very tough loss on Wednesday, falling short 9-8 against Kenyon at Fred Shults Field.

After falling behind 2-0 in the early, Oberlin was able to regroup and get in rhythm in a hurry.

Junior midfielder Ilyssa Meyer dropped in the first goal for Oberlin, shifting through a crowd of defenders before cashing in a quick strike to cut the lead in half with 11:14 left in the first half. The Yeowomen struck again just a minute later when Meyer dumped in a goal thanks to an assist from senior midfielder Alice Zicht.

Another free-position conversion from Molly Bloom would push Oberlin ahead 3-2 at the 5:58 mark. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Andrews followed her lead with a second-straight free-position conversion at the 3:05 mark to give the hosts a 4-2 advantage entering the break.

However, the Oberlin lead didn't last long, though, as the Ladies rode a hot streak to put up five goals in the first ten minutes of the second half.

Another Kenyon goal at the 16:24 mark put the score at 8-4 - a tough deficit for any team to battle back from. And though they fell short, the Yeowomen showed once again why they aren't just any other team.

Meyer took a sweet dish off the stick of sophomore midfielder Phobe Hammer and slung it past the Kenyon netminder at the 13:12 mark to complete the hat-trick, but it was promptly cancelled out by a Kenyon goal just over a minute later. After a few minutes of battling, Oberlin again found the back of the net, this time thanks to an eight-meter goal from midfielder Bronwen Schumacher.

Meyer scored her fourth goal of the afternoon and 43rd of the season at the 6:27 mark, breathing new life into the home squad by pulling them within two at 9-7.

Kenyon did its best to play keep away as precious minutes ticked away, but it wasn't enough to keep Schumacher from converting her second eight-meter goal of the day with just 2:12 left in the game.

The Yeowomen battled for possession as the clock continued to run before first-year midfielder Katie Hanick broke free from the pack and raced toward the opposing goal with under a minute remaining in the game, missing by just a few inches.

Oberlin again took possession away from Kenyon in the closing moments, but the Ladies defense prevented the Yeowomen from getting a clean look at the cage.

Kenyon finished with a slight 24-23 edge in shots, but the Yeowomen had a 19-13 edge in ground balls in addition to a 10-9 advantage in draw controls.

The Yeowomen (11-4) will conclude their excellent spring season with a visit to Springfield, Ohio to face Wittenberg University (9-4) this Saturday, April 28.

2012-04-26



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