Yeowomen Edge Bishops in Overtime

Delaware, Ohio It has been 13 years and three days since Oberlin last beat the Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan, but that is exactly what happen on this day as the Yeowomen left historic Shelby Stadium with a 17-16 overtime win on Thursday afternoon.

It was ultimately Grace Barlow's goal with 2:10 left in the extra period the proved to be difference. The Bishops' Annie Swanson would add a man-down goal with 49 seconds left in overtime, but Oberlin was able to hang on for the win.

Senior Ilyssa Meyer, who finished with a team-high six goals in the game, scored the first goal in overtime at the 4:10 mark and Barlow would add the insurance tally two minutes later. No more than three goals separated the two foes for the entire 66 minutes of play.

Junior Sarah Andrews added four scores in the win, while Barlow, fellow rookie Suzanna Doak and sophomore Kate Hanick chipped in with two apiece. Hanick and Barlow also combined for seven draw controls.

Senior goalie Madeleine O'Meara made six saves in the win, surpassing 400 for her career as she enters Saturday's Senior Day with 405 career denials.

OWU raced out to a 3-0 lead early on, but Oberlin found itself down by just two, 7-5, with 3:47 left in the half following an 8-meter finish from Barlow. An unassisted goal by Doax and a man-up free-position goal from Meyer would even the match at 7-7. Jodi Helsel would get into the scoring column with 34 seconds left in the session to give OC a brief 8-7 lead, but OWU would cash in a goal of its own in the closing seconds to even the score at 8-8 at the intermission.

Early in the second half, Oberlin would retake the lead on goals by Andrews and Doak to make it 10-9. Andrews' deposit was assisted by Molly Bloom.

A string a four straight Bishops' goals gave them a 13-10 lead with 15:05 left to play, but the Yeowomen continued to fight.

Meyer would cash in an 8-meter attempt, and Andrews and Hanick would add two more tallies to square up the match at 13-13 at the 9:33 mark.

After going down 14-13, Meyer would net two straight scores to put the Yeowomen out in front with less than two minutes to go. The second of the two tallies was setup by Bronwen Schumacher. Unfortunately, OWU would tie the score once more to force the extra session. However, Oberlin fans should feel relieved as the Bishops' Theresa Wolfgang nearly sent the Yeowomen home heartbroken as her shot with six seconds left hit off the post.

Total shots were identical at 31 each, while Oberlin had a slight 23-20 edge in ground balls. Oberlin was also more effective clearing the ball, being successful on 20 of 25 chances, while OWU was just 12 of 18. The Bishops also turned it over 27 times compared to the Yeowomen's 21.

The Yeowomen last beat Ohio Wesleyan, 14-7, on April 15 in the year 2000.

Oberlin will honor its senior class on Saturday afternoon when Hiram College comes to town for 1:00 p.m. battle.

2013-04-19



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