Yeowomen Unbeaten in Five
The Oberlin College women’s soccer team had another solid week as they prepare for league play. The Yeowomen won their fourth consecutive game last Saturday against Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio and followed it up with a tie against Marietta College on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
The Yeowomen came out strong against the Muskies and played hard throughout the entire game to secure a shutout with a final score of 3-0. The results of the game lowered Muskingum’s record to 2-4 and raised Oberlin’s to an impressive 4-3.
The first half of the game was an intense battle back and forth between both ends of the field, ending in a 0-0 draw. Despite the score, Oberlin outshot the Muskies 14-9. The first goal was scored in the 67th minute by first-year Abby Chazanow, who scored off a direct free kick from 40 yards out.
This turn of events significantly improved the Yeowomen’s spirits, which showed 14 minutes later when Oberlin scored again. Junior Jessica Greenberg passed senior Sam Schongalla the ball with a long cross, which she struck past the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms. This was Schongalla’s seventh goal of the Yeowomen’s season. Greenberg scored the last goal with a high shot in the last two minutes of the game.
Reflecting on the game, Schongalla said, “We’ve really got some momentum going now with four wins in a row. I think this momentum can really help us in the challenging games ahead.”
However, Schongalla was quick to focus on the upcoming games, as they will pose more of a threat. “These last four wins are all against teams that we beat last year, so how we do in the next couple of games, starting with Marietta, will be huge factors in determining how the rest of our season goes. So far, we’re on track to meeting our team goals and look to be moving toward a successful season.”
First-year goalkeeper Christie Zelnik played yet another fantastic game in goal, posting her second straight shutout. Zelnik had five impressive saves, which, along with the help of an unstoppable defensive line, contributed to Oberlin’s running total of 290 minutes without a goal from their opposition.
On Tuesday, Oberlin played Marietta to a 1-1 tie. Oberlin was first to draw blood 54 minutes into the game, after sophomore Caitlin Milford’s cross was deflected in off the Marietta goalkeeper. However, the opposition did not let up, and with five minutes left in regulation, an Oberlin defender accidentally deflected a Marietta cross into the goal.
The two teams continued to fight in overtime, with Oberlin outshooting Marietta 4-3 combined in both halves. Even so, neither team could break the deadlock and the game finished in a draw. Oberlin’s record is now 4-3-1.
The Yeowomen play John Carroll University on Saturday at 11 a.m.