Women’s soccer drops heartbreaker at Bluffton

Tess Cunningham

BLUFFTON, Ohio – For the third straight game, Earlham College women's soccer came up one goal shy of picking up a needed point in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings following a hard-luck 2-1 conference loss at Bluffton University, Wednesday afternoon at the Sears Complex.

Despite a combined 24 shots in the first half – 16 of which were from the Quakers – neither team was able to find the back of the goal.

Bluffton struck early in the second half, with the Beavers' Maddie Huffman scoring an unassisted goal in the 48th minute.

Earlham battled hard throughout the second half – massively outshooting Bluffton by a 17-10 margin over the second stanza – before finally breaking through in the 86th minute. First-year Tess Cunningham notched the game-tying goal off a pass from sophomore Hannah Wallhausser.

With regulation winding down, Bluffton's Tajah Upshaw scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 89th minute off a pass from Zoe Ryan.

Earlham outshot Bluffton, 33-18, with Quakers keeper Mel Johnson finishing with eight saves. Bluffton's Jules Frazier was credited with 16 stops for the Beavers.

The Quakers slip to 7-6-0 with the loss and 0-4-0 in the HCAC. Five of Earlham's six losses this season have been by one goal.

Earlham women's soccer returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 19, when the Quakers host Rose-Hulman in a 1:00 p.m. contest.