RICHMOND, Ind. – With a pair of goals in the second half, Earlham College women's soccer battled its way to a 2-1 victory over visiting Marietta College in a non-conference clash on Wednesday at Matlack-Messer Stadium.
The win improved Earlham's record to 4-1-0 on the season, as the Quakers continued with their best start since the 2009 campaign.
After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, first-year Eva Lyon got the Quakers on the scoreboard with a point-blank shot from inside the six-yard box into the wide-open side of the Pioneers' goal in the 68th minute. Sophomore Hannah Wallhausser made a beautiful cross through the box to Lyon, after carrying the ball into the 18 and forcing Marietta keeper Katie Conkle to come out and defend.
Earlham doubled its lead in the 73rd minute when first-year Tess Cunningham launched a ball from nearly 35 yards out that scraped the bottom of crossbar beyond the reach of Conkle and caromed down into the Marietta goal. Junior Yana Miller, who collected the loose ball and centered it to Cunningham, earned the assist.
Marietta ended Earlham's bid for a third clean sheet of the season when France Moise successfully converted a penalty kick opportunity in the 73rd minute – just 45 seconds after Cunningham's score for the Quakers. Earlham keeper Mel Johnson was called for a foul in the box, and the Pioneers were awarded the PK.
Marietta outshot Earlham, 9-6, and had three corner kick opportunities to the Quakers' two. Johnson tallied four saves to earn the win in the Earlham goal, while Conkle recorded two saves for Marietta.
Earlham will try to extend its three-match winning streak on Saturday, Sept. 14, when it travels to Principia College. Game time is 2:00 p.m.