GRANVILLE, Ohio (September 21, 2022) – For the first time during the current 2022 season, the Denison University women’s soccer team played on their lawn at Barclay-Thomsen Field, but the change of scenery wouldn’t be enough as the Big Red were defeated by a final score of 3-0 against Ohio Northern University on a hot and humid Wednesday night. It was the first of two games this week for Denison against teams that received votes in United’s latest poll of the top 25 football coaches.
The match started with a beautiful cross from Amy Chiero just under 10 minutes, which led to an extra pass Ellie Reiser for Callie Daviswho missed what would have been a good chance to put Denison (0-6-1) on the board.
Both teams had six shot attempts in the first 25 minutes of the match, but it was UN number seven that made the difference after the Polar Bears’ second corner of the first half led to a 33rd-minute header to put the road team ahead 1-0.
In the first possession of the second half, the ONU came out aggressive and almost doubled the advantage by hitting the crossbar just above the outstretched arms of the new goalkeeper Big Red Molly Noga.
In the 52nd minute, however, the UN’s Kylie Brown broke free across the field and had only the goalie to hit, which she did to make it 2-0 to the Polar Bears.
Noga made a good save on a shot by Elizabeth Pierce in the 58th minute, before Pierce eventually avoided an offside to make it 3-0 in the 67th minute.
The UN enjoyed the entire match of their strength in numbers, playing a total of 27 players and using multiple substitutions to keep up the pressure and wear down the Big Red defense.
The Polar Bears edged out Big Red 9-3 in the second half and 9-2 on goal kicks. For Denison, Davis led with four shots while Maddie Reap added three.
The next match for Denison will be another tough match against a team that gets votes in the national coaches vote as Big Red head to Trine University for a kick off at 1pm on Saturday, September 24th in Angola, Indiana.