Last night our girls went to Ohio Wesleyan in their last game before conference play. As we started the game we struggled to play to our strengths and had succumb to pressure from the opponent leaving ourselves in a frantic state. Our efforts were evident at an individual level but not quite there as a team. Ending the first half the score was tied at zeros and a frustration took over the team.
Entering the second half we began to connect the dots but in a moment of weakness Ohio Wesleyan scored the first goal in the 62nd minute. After stopping further attempts from the opponent the Crusaders kicked it into gear with a drive by Becca Cartmill who shot to the far post. As it looked like it was going just wide of the goal, Monique Hanayik sprinted to the post, got a foot on the ball, and placed it in the back of the net. This great exertion of effort by both girls left the game tied at 1-1 with only 3 minutes left in regular play. The last 3 minutes we took off in the offensive to win the game but our chances fell short pushing us into overtime.
Before the first overtime the girls came together and decided that they were going to come out strong and win the game, which they did! Only 3 minutes into over time, and after countless shots on goal, the ball fell into the feet of Maura Fortino who shot it past the keeper winning the game. This was Maura's first goal of the season and well deserved after she gave a tremendous effort for the full game and left everything on the field. Honorable mentions from the game were also Mary Bushee who worked extremely hard and never gave up, along with Chloe Brown who stayed strong in the back and fought hard throughout the game.
This Saturday we take on our first conference opponent Mt. Union at home for our Red Card Cancer game.We will be selling t-shirts, wristbands and more to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. We hope you will join us and help us raise money for a great cause along with cheering on your Crusaders. Kick off is at 4pm!