Yeowomen Struggle to Score in 0-1 Loss
The women’s soccer season came to a close this past Saturday after a tough loss to SUNY-Fredonia, which set Oberlin’s final record at 3-13-1 (1-8-0 NCAC). The week of fall break was not all bad news, however, as the Yeowomen earned a 1-0 victory in overtime over Hiram College on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
First-year Lois Immerman scored the game-winning goal just one minute and fourteen seconds into overtime. Because of her stellar efforts on the field, Immerman was named North Coast Athletic Conference player of the week.
The other results of the past two weeks were not so uplifting. They included losses to Wittenberg, Kenyon, Allegheny and Wooster. The loss to Wittenberg was perhaps the toughest loss of the last four weeks. At the time of the game, Wittenberg was ranked 17th in the nation.
The Yeowomen held the Tigers scoreless for regular play and all but the last 8 seconds of the first period of overtime. Sophomore Christie Zelnik kept the Yeowomen alive in goal, making a total of seven saves against Wittenberg’s 16 shots. Juniors Leah McElhatton, Joelle Sesar and Ariel Kahrl, along with first-year Katy Holihan, took one shot apiece.
The most exciting match of the last two weeks was the Yeowomen’s win against Hiram. At the end of the first half, the score was nil-nil with each team taking three shots. In the second half, both teams kicked it up a notch with the Yeowomen firing seven times to the Terriers’ 11.
Even with the pressure on, the score was at zero and the game progressed into overtime. Only 1:14 into the first period, Immerman put away the golden goal with an assist by sophomore Kate Berry-Millett. In total, Immerman had four shots and junior Caitlin Millford took two. In goal against Hiram were Zelnik and senior defender Leslie Mills. Zelnik played for the majority of the first half and Mills took the last five minutes of the first half and the second half. Zelnik and Mills had a combined total of eight saves.
“I don’t think we won as much as we would’ve liked to, but I had a really good time getting to know everyone and playing some soccer. It was definitely sweet to win our last conference game; I think we deserved it,” said Immerman. The Yeowomen’s record last season was 6-12, as compared to this season’s record of 3-13-1.
The team experienced a series of injuries, including briefly losing star forward Sesar to a knee injury late in the season.
The Yeowomen will graduate only three seniors: Jess Greenberg, Sarah Kotcon and Mills. Oberlin returns a core group of players, most notably ten first-years. With the likes of Berry-Millett, Immerman and a strong backline including goalkeepers Zelnik and sophomore Sarah Grabinski, there are high hopes for making the playoffs for next year.