Wheeling Jesuit Edges Findlay in Thriller

WHEELING, W.Va. Wheeling Jesuit took a tense 16-15 come-from-behind victory over the Findlay Oilers Friday afternoon on WJU's new Bishop Schmitt Field in a game that saw seven lead changes.

The conference win puts them in first place in the GLIAC standings at 3-2, while moving to 7-4 overall on the season.

Sophomore attacker Jessie Tuffnell (Flower Mound, Tex.) scored the go-ahead goal to seal the victory for the Cardinals with four minutes to play, just one of her game high six goals on the night.

After a back and forth first half, the Cardinals trailed by as many as three goals in the second half before Elizabeth Hales and Tuffnell combined for five of the last six goals of the game to give WJU the win.

Those final six goals, paired with three key late-game saves from goalkeeper Maire Austin (who had nine saves total on the night) gave WJU the edge heading into the final minutes.

Hales was the team's second leading scorer, putting in four goals on the night. Olivia Krock added a pair of goals for the Carinals as well, and Sara Fitzsimon, Paige Plesich, Mary Burns and Shelby McClure each scored singles. All told seven different Cardinals found the back of the net.

The Cardinals return to action again on Sunday when they place host to GLIAC foe Walsh University at 2:00 PM. Wheeling Jesuit will be hosting a tailgate party sponsored by Main Street Bank surrounding the event.

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University of Findlay lost by a score of 16-15 to Wheeling Jesuit on Friday, April 11 in Wheeling, W. Va.

The Oilers held a 9-8 advantage at the break, but found themselves down one at 15-14 late in the second half. Sophomore Mackenzie Barnwell then tied the game with a free position goal at the 4:34 mark, but Wheeling Jesuit answered right back with what turned out to be the winning goal only 17 seconds later.

Freshman Kyra Bradley had four goals and two assists to lead Findlay while sophomore Sarah Lankton contributed three goals, three draw controls, two caused turnovers and an assist.

Sophomore Taylor Trice also scored two goals while sophomore Katie Poorman was charged with the loss by allowing 16 goals. She also made six saves in the game.

The Oilers will be back out on the field again on Sunday when they travel to Urbana, Ohio to take on Urbana University at 1:00 p.m.


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