DCWS Drops Conference Match to Hanover

(Defiance, OH) Our Defiance College Yellow Jackets took the long road trip to Hanover last Saturday on October 21st to take on the Panthers. The Panthers had come into the match-up with an impressive record of 12-3 while being 7-1 in conference play. The Jackets took them on with a record of 1-12-1 with a record of 0-6-1 in conference play.

The impressive record did not scare the Jackets during the first half though, as they came out trying to prove that they can play with even the best teams in the conference. They started this off by playing very well the first half, putting 2 shots on frame, and scoring the first goal of the half. This was scored in the 35th minute by sophomore Kat Wicher, who it was her 2nd goal of the season, along with her 2nd goal in 2 games! The Jackets could not hold the Panthers scoreless for the half though, as Hanover found the back of the net with one of their shots on frame in the 44th minute, to tie the game at 1-1.

The Jackets came out the next half with the same type of mentality, but they could not hold on against Hanover’s tough offense. Hanover was able to put 21 shots on goal during the second half, and were able to make 5 of them find the back of the net. These happened in the 52, 57th, 59th, 68th, and 85th minutes. The final of this game was 6-1, as the Jackets did not have an answer for the Panthers in the second half, and could not put anything together for themselves.

After the game, we caught up with Freshman Megan Ortiz, and she had this to say, “Our team has come a long way this season. After facing other teams it is easy to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Our team’s greatest strength is our ability to interact as a family. When we step onto the field, we are linked emotionally as a common unit. Although we occasionally have a tough match, we attack the game as a family no matter what the outcome is we will always support each other through thick and thin.”

The Jackets travel to Anderson to take on the Ravens on 10/25 for a night game at 7PM. As always, Go Jackets!

Written by Zac Bires

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