RICHMOND, IN - Building off a huge road upset last week at Grace College, the Lady Trailblazers entered Saturday carrying momentum into their inaugural matchup against Indiana University East. The Red Wolves, playing their first soccer season within the River States Conference, would present a tough challenge for OCU, as both teams would battle closely throughout the day.
In the first half, both teams would remain quiet, as limited attempts at the goal would lead to a 0-0 score at the half. In the second period, each team would start to find their shots, as each team would take advantage of an opportunity to score. OCU's Brooke Wilhite would take advantage first, as she would score in the 71st minute on an unassisted free kick from just outside the box. IU East's Cendy Mejia would respond, however, as she would tie the game in the 80th minute on a free kick set piece.
The game would then be forced into extra time, where neither team would able to convert, leading to a 1-1 final score tie in double overtime. The Lady Trailblazers would finish the game with nine shots on goal, while the Red Wolves would only manage seven. Both goalies would have quality games, as OCU's Emily Boyd would save six of seven shots on goal over the 110:00 minute match. Ohio Christian now stands at 3-4-1 headed into a matchup at Rio Grande on Thursday evening.
"It was a tough day for us," said Head Coach Jake Warren. "We have had a number of injuries, but overall I thought we played pretty well against a very strong IU East team."
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