WILMINGTON, Ohio—Sophomore forward Bethany Mattern (Youngstown/Austintown Fitch) scored her first career goal tonight, but the Heidelberg University women’s soccer team fell to Wilmington College, 3-1, in an OAC match at Charlie Gilhart Field in Wilmington, Ohio. Heidelberg needed a win or a tie in its final match of the season to earn a berth in the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament.
The Berg ends its regular season 6-11-1 overall and 3-6-0 in the OAC to finish in seventh place in the conference standings, narrowly missing out on the postseason. Wilmington improved to 6-10-3 overall and 4-5-0 in the OAC to earn the tournament’s sixth seed.
Heidelberg, the Quakers, Baldwin-Wallace College and the University of Mount Union entered the day in a four-way tie for fifth place. A B-W win at Muskingum University and a Mount Union loss at Otterbein University opened the door for the Berg to earn the sixth seed with at least a tie, or the fifth seed with a win.
In the first half, Sammy Koerner put the Quakers up, 1-0, in the 30 minute after receiving a cross from the middle of the field into the box and finding the back of the net.
After the break, Mattern (Youngstown/Austintown Fitch) scored her first career goal in the 49th minute off a defensive deflection to tie the score, 1-1.
Goals by Sarah Watters in the 51st minute and Lauren Mumaw in the 61st minute sealed the Wilmington victory.
In goal, junior Molly Schriber (Sidney) made six saves in 90 minutes of action to bring her 2011 total to 82. She allowed just 22 goals in 1,082 minutes for a 2.08 goals against average.
Abbey Williamson made one save in 90 minutes in goal for the Quakers.
Senior defender Cori-Ann Brown (Columbus/Olentangy) and senior midfielders Jenn Pfau (Lewis Center/Olentangy) and Kristen Schneider (Evendale/Mount Notre Dame) made their final appearances in the Tri-Color.