Ashland Bests Women’s Soccer in Seven Goal Affair

Molly Van Horn (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)
Molly Van Horn (Photo by: Ralph Schudel)

Written By Sports Information Intern Ralph Schudel

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican women's soccer suffered a 4-3 loss at the hands of Ashland University on Sunday afternoon. With the loss the Panthers drop to 2-2 on the season and the Eagles advance to 3-1 on the young season.

Ashland found the scoresheet in the 11th minute when forward Makenzie Kelly claimed an early goal.

The Panthers answered five minutes later when forward Samantha Buck (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) tapped the ball into an open net following a cross from midfielder Shelby Shotton (Marion, Illinois) to level the game at 1-1.

Shortly before the halftime break Ashland recaptured the lead as forward Faith Lewis scored with less than ninety seconds remaining in the half.

The Eagles added to their advantage  in the 63rd minute as Emily Ledbetter scored on her only shot of the game to give her team a 3-1 advantage.

The Panthers mounted an impressive comeback scoring twice within a minute. Forward Molly Van Horn (Granville, Ohio) hit a one-time shot into the bottom left of the net off a cross from the right from Buck to cut the lead to 3-2. 

Freshman midfielder Emily Wittekind (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored her first collegiate goal with a shot from the top of the eighteen yard box, beating Ashland goalkeeper Abby Lampe to her left to level the game at 3-3.

With time ticking down in regulation, neither team could gain an advantage forcing an overtime period.

Riding the momentum of its scoring run at the end of the period, ODU began the overtime period on the front foot. The Panthers forced Eagles goalkeeper Abby Lampe into making a few key saves. Ashland claimed victory in the 97th minute as forward Deijah Swihart found space behind the Panther defense and converted her one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper to seal the game.

ODU ends its out of conference schedule with a 2-2 record and switches focus to G-MAC  play when it travels to Cedarville University for a game on September 21 at 7 p.m.