Big First Half Leads Yeowomen to Win Over Ohio Wesleyan

Oberlin, Ohio Oberlin scored eight first-half goals en route to a 10-9 victory over the visiting Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops on Wednesday evening.

Despite an 8-5 score line at intermission, the resilient Bishops scored the first two goals of the second half to setup a wild finish at Shults Field.

Oberlin first-year Hannah Heinke-Green scored her seventh goal of the season to open the scorebook two and a half minutes into play.

Just over a minute later, the Yeowomen's leading goal scorer Grace Barlow would notch the first of her three first-half goals.

The two teams would then trade off goals, as Cate Bailey scored twice to make it a 3-2 game in favor of the Yeowomen. But over the next three minutes Oberlin opened the floodgates and scored four goals.

The first was scored by senior Sarah Andrews on a free position shot for her third tally of the season. Then, in quick succession Suzanna Doak and Sarah Phister would score with assists coming from Barlow and Morgan Daruwala respectively. Barlow would cap the scoring run with an unassisted effort to make the score 7-2 in favor of Oberlin.

But the Battling Bishops responded with three quick goals to cut the Oberlin lead down to two goals. Bailey scored her third of the game, followed by goals from Lori Weischedel and Meghan Doherty. Weischedel's effort came from a free position opportunity.

Barlow completed her first-half hat trick with just over 2 minutes to play, giving the Yeowomen their 8-5 halftime cushion.

OWU locked down defensively in the second half and slowly began chipping away at the Oberlin lead. The Bishops opened the second half scoring with two goals to cut the Oberlin lead down to one.

Following a caused turnover by Sloane Garelick, the Yeowomen were able to get back in transition and Barlow would rip home her 31st score of the season and fourth of the contest.

Following another goal from Weischedel, Phister scored her second goal of the game and what would prove to be the eventually game winner. Daruwala picked up her second assist of the game on the goal.

Following a goal from Montana Knapp to make the score 10-9 in favor of Oberlin, Phister won the draw control and the Yeowomen held possession to kill out the clock.

It was a very even game throughout as both teams took 26 shots, with the Yeowomen holding a 21-19 shots on goal advantage. OWU won the groundball battle, 25-24, while Oberlin dominated the draw controls, 15-6, including a 12-2 edge in the first half. Phister collected 12 of Oberlin's draw controls.

First-year Garelick had an impressive game for Oberlin with four groundballs, two caused turnovers, and a draw control.

Alexa L'Insalata, who leads the NCAC in save percentage, made 10 saves in cage for the winning effort.

Oberlin will play its final non-conference game of the season on Saturday when they travel to Washington and Jefferson College for a 3:00 p.m. start.


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