Women’s soccer drops double OT heartbreaker to Transy

Nicole Burkett

RICHMOND, Ind. – Transylvania's Abby Baker scored with 57 seconds remaining in the second overtime period to lift the Pioneers to a 2-1 win over Earlham College, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's soccer matchup on Wednesday at Matlack-Messer Stadium.

Earlham slipped to 0-2-0 in the conference, 7-4-0 overall, while Transylvania improved to 3-6-2, 1-0-1 in the HCAC.

After a scoreless opening half, Baker scored Transy's first goal of the game when she converted a penalty kick in the 49th minute.

The Quakers knotted things up at 1-1 in the 69th minute, when Nicole Burkett scored her seventh goal of the season on a blast from just outside the top of the 18-yard box. Burkett had to work her way around a pair of Transy defenders before beating Pioneer keeper Morgan Patton for the score.

Neither team was able to find the go-ahead goal over the remainder of regulation or in the first overtime period. With time close to expiring in the second overtime, Transylvania was awarded a direct kick from approximately 20 yards out. Baker buried her attempt in the upper right corner, providing the golden goal for the Pioneers.

Transy outshot Earlham, 16-13, with Quakers keeper Mel Johnson recording four saves. Patton finished with five saves in the Pioneers goal.

Earlham will look to get back into the win column on Saturday, Oct. 12, when it travels to Hanover College. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m.