BC seniors bounce Goshen in double OT

By Tim Stried, SID

October 24, 1999



In thrilling fashion last Saturday, the Bluffton College women's soccer team earned a 1-0 double overtime victory over rival Goshen College. And it was two seniors who hooked up to make sure they would not be denied in the final home match of their career.

Chris Harney connected for the winning goal in the second overtime session from an assist by DeAnna Anderson, just like the two have been doing all season. Anderson and Harney are BC's leading and second leading scorers, and their teamwork Saturday gave the Beavers their eighth win of the season, already two wins better than any other team in the nine year's of BC women's soccer.

The game-winner against Goshen left Harney's foot with approximately six minutes remaining in double overtime. Anderson controlled the ball within the 18 yard box as Maple Leaf defenders closed in around her. Under pressure, she passed the ball back to Chris, who shot it off the pass above the arms of the Goshen goalkeeper and just under the cross bar as she and her BC teammates piled on top of each other in the victory celebration.

"It was a thrill that DeAnna and I got to combine for the last goal," said Harney. "We've come a long way in our four years here."

It was freshman Anna Steiner's fifth shutout of the season, a new BC record, topping the previous mark of four turned in by Angie Kestler from 1993 to 1996.

Earlier in the week BC dropped an HCAC contest to Wilmington 5-0, although the Beavers did hold the powerful Quaker squad to just one goal in the first half and played exceptional defense for Head Coach Rick Fee.

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament was set to begin Tuesday, with first round pairing being finalized Monday afternoon. Bluffton was scheduled to be at Hanover for their first round game, as results were unavailable at press time. The semi-finals and championship of the HCAC are scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday.