ELSAH, Ill. – Earlham College first year Jenna Hoeh notched the game-winning goal in the 87th minute to lift the Quakers to a 3-2 victory over Principia College, in a road non-conference women's soccer game on Saturday at the Principia Soccer Field.
The win, Earlham's fourth consecutive triumph, is the longest winning streak for the Quakers since 2012, and improves Earlham's record to 5-1-0 – still the program's best start since 2009.
Hoeh's unassisted goal was her third of the season, and capped a comeback effort for an Earlham side that trailed in the first half.
Principia's Hannah Sipe scored in the game's fifth minute to give the Panthers the early lead, but sophomore Hannah Wallhausser answered in the 19th minute off an assist from Eva Lyon. Georgia Rather again put Principia in front in the 32nd minute, but the Panthers managed to hold the lead for barely six minutes.
Junior Yana Miller struck in the 38th minute to knot the game at 2-2, where it remained through the end of the first half. Neither side was able to pull ahead until Hoeh found the back of the Principia goal in the waning minutes to give the Quakers the "W".
First year Micah Nicholson got the start in the Earlham goal and played all 90 minutes with one save. Principia keeper Hannah Hathaway registered 11 saves over her 90 minutes in goal. Earlham outshot Principia, 36-5.
Earlham women's soccer is back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 18, when it travels to Wilmington, Ohio, to face Wilmington College in a 7:00 p.m. match.