Despite Team’s Hard Work, Victory Eludes Yeowomen
The Oberlin College women’s soccer team suffered another tough loss this week, this time at the hands of the Marietta College Lady Pioneers. This was the last non-conference game for the Yeowomen and they were hoping to end the non-conference season on a good note.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Yeowomen traveled to Marietta College to compete against a team that had won three straight games prior to that day’s contest. Marietta was looking to extend its streak while the Yeowomen had lost its last three and were looking to turn things around.
The game started at a hot and humid 2:00 p.m. in front of a crowd of nearly 130 spectators. The Lady Pioneers converted early, scoring in the 5th minute of the match. Jessica Martinez of Marietta scored her fifth goal of the year as she hit a shot from about 20 yards out that flew over junior goalkeeper Sarah Grabinski and into the side netting.
After the goal, Oberlin regrouped and settled into its offensive and defensive strategies. The remainder of the first half was evenly matched with Oberlin taking seven shots and Marietta taking six. These shots forced Grabinski to save two while Marietta’s Helen Hetzel saved three.
Though they were down a goal, the Yeowomen battled fiercely to get one of their own. Of particular note in the first half was that Oberlin gave up only a single corner kick while Marietta gave up five. Unfortunately, the Yeowomen were unable to capitalize on these.
The advantage in the second half seemed to swing toward the Lady Pioneers. In the 62nd minute, Marietta grabbed another goal as Kaley Donovan hit a cross home after it drew Grabinski out of position. The second half saw the Lady Pioneers take eight shots to the Yeowomen’s three, forcing Grabinski and Hetzel to five and three saves, respectively.
Marietta held onto its lead for the remainder of the game. The team outshot Oberlin 14 to 10, with Marianna Siders taking five of the 14. On the side, the Yeowomen’s co-captain, senior midfielder Jess Greenberg, sophomore Kate Berry-Millett, and first-year Katy Holihan each grabbed two shots.
This loss drops Oberlin’s record to 2-5-1 and raises Marietta’s to 5-2-1. Oberlin has lost its last four games and scored only one goal in the last seven games. With conference games quickly approaching, the Yeowomen are looking to get things to click so that they can begin North Coast Athletic Conference play with a win.
When asked about what needs to change as conference play nears, head coach Kristen Hayden said, “When you look at the last four games, those were well played games. We don’t need to change anything, just continue to play tough.”
The Yeowomen’s September 26 game against Allegheny was postponed due to lightning, giving the Yeowomen some extra practice time before they start their conference season against Denison on September 29 at 12:00 p.m. on Fred Shults field. To do well in Saturday’s game, junior forward Joelle Sesar said, “We need to be dangerous in the final third (of the field).”