(Defiance, OH) Defiance College Women’s Soccer team finished up their tough schedule before conference play last Saturday, 9/23, where they traveled to Berea, Ohio to take on the other Yellow Jackets of Ohio, Baldwin Wallace. DCWS was not the only team to make the trek to Berea, as Defiance College’s Men’s Soccer team also made the journey, along with the volleyball team being in the area for an OAC/ HCAC crossover.
DCWS came into the game excited with conference being right around the corner, and playing the last away game after a long week. The game started off in favor of Baldwin Wallace, with an early goal in the 13th minute, followed by two more, one in the 20th and one in the 36th. DCWS went into the half, trailing 3-0, and looking to turn it around.
During the first half, DCWS was not able to put a single shot goal, and that was the main focus of the 2nd half. Again, it was Baldwin Wallace who struck early though, putting a shot into the back of the net only 2 minutes into the second half.
BW was able to follow up with yet another in the 51st minute, and were squelched until the 83rd minute, where they were able to sneak one into the back of the net.
Due to stellar defense by BW, Defiance was not able to put anything together for the rest of the game, only having one shot on goal that was not able to reach the back of the net. They finished the game with 5 total saves, 3 in the first half and two more in the second half. They were not able to set up any corner kicks during the game, and had 11 fouls total.
After the game, Sophomore Goalkeeper Madi Bowman said, “The BW game, and all of our other non conference games, were good games to prep us for conference. I’m excited to start conference play because some of the other teams aren’t going to expect us to do very well based off of last year. That’s changed though, we are a different team this year. We are a better team, on and off the field.”
They have a much needed week off after a strong non-conference schedule. They continue their season next Saturday, the 30th, with the conference opener against Franklin College who is yet another strong opponent.
The ladies could use as much support as possible for this first home game, so come on out on what is supposed to be a beautiful day! There are plenty of events going on campus that day! As always, do not be afraid to tell the ladies good luck, and Go Jackets!
Written by Zac Bires