Women's Soccer Ties Heidelberg 1-1 to Open 2021 Spring Season

Photo by Heidelberg Athletic Communications
Photo by Heidelberg Athletic Communications

TIFFIN, Ohio - The Wilmington College women's soccer team, competing for the first time in nearly 500 days, battled Heidelberg University to a 1-1 draw in double overtime the season-opener for both teams on Sunday. 

Both teams fire four shots in the first half, but it was the Student Princes who had one on target as Audrey Kaufman beat Lauren Galloway in the 38th minute. Neither team would fire another shot in the rest of the first half as the hosts took the 1-0 lead into the break.

Wilmington, which held an 8-3 edge in shots in the second half, answered midway through the period. Heidi Edens took two consecutive shots on goal near the 60th minute. The first one was saved by Heidelberg netminder Meredith Bruce, but the other wasn't as Edens evened the score in the 61st minute. Just before the end of regulation, Tiffany Hayes fired another shot on goal, but Bruce saved it.

The Quakers were the more offensive side in both overtime periods, but couldn't deliver a game-winning goal and the two sides each earned a point after 110 minutes of soccer.

Galloway faced five shots on goal making for saves while Bruce faced 10 shots, saving nine. Offensively, Hayes and Edens combined for 11 shots, eight of which were on goal, while Audrey Kaufman fired four shots for Heidelberg.

Wilmington fired 17 total shots to Heidelberg's 10 as well as having a 7-4 edge in corner kicks. The Quakers (0-0-1) will head to Muskingum University for a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday.