Tiffin, OH – Following their road trip to Indiana and Kentucky last weekend, the Heidelberg University women’s soccer team had a six day layover to prepare for the Grizzlies of Franklin College. In a physical match, an early Franklin goal would be too much for the Berg to overcome.
Underclassmen led the Student Princes (0-5) in the offensive third of the field. Sophomore Hannah Gregoire (Canton/Perry) placed two shots on goal for the Berg, which led the team offensively.
“The girls are working hard and improving everyday on the things we work on at practice," said head coach Nick Spell. “We have a lot of hardworking freshman and sophomores learning to play together and play the Heidelberg way."
Freshmen Nichole Johnson (Ontario) and Shannon Angel (Hudson) tallied one shot apiece. Sophomore Rachel Gilbert (Chardon) added another shot to the Berg’s offensive cause, while sophomore Stephanie Crossman (Dayton/Bellbrook) tallied one shot on target for the Student Princes.
Freshman Julie Cross (Bowling Green) stood tall in goal once again for the Berg stopping five shots, despite giving up the early goal. Cross’s save total now stands at 31 for the season.
In the seventh minute, the Grizzlies (2-3) netted the only goal of the contest.
"Everyday we have to work and even though we haven’t seen the results we want, they will come,” said Spell. “I think we have to continue to work hard because our girls are still improving and learning how to play at a higher level, so we just keep moving forward.”
The Heidelberg women will return to action on Wednesday, September 19, when they travel to Defiance College. The women’s game will precede the Heidelberg men’s game against Defiance later that evening. Kickoff for the women’s game is scheduled for 2 p.m.