2012 Women's soccer
Bluffton 2, Oberlin 1
Beavers ready for HCAC play following 2-1 win at Oberlin
September 25, 2012
OBERLIN, Ohio - The Bluffton University women's soccer team snapped a string of six straight setbacks with a 2-1 victory at Oberlin College on Tuesday, Sept. 25, under the lights. Aimee Whitmer's (Grand Rapids/Otsego) first score of the season came just four minutes after Oberlin knotted the contest early in period two and the Beaver defense made it hold up as Bluffton moved to 2-6. The home team stayed winless at 0-8-1.
Oberlin came out firing to open the contest, piling up four shots on goal to go along with a deflection off the post in the first eight minutes of the match. Bluffton staved off the early offensive by the Yeowomen and answered the call when sophomore Taylor Fultz (Camden/Preble Shawnee) picked up a rebound and capitalized for a 1-0 lead at the 29:18 mark. Both teams had their chances late in period one, but the score remained 1-0 following 45 minutes of action.
A quick yellow card on Bluffton keeper Maggie Armstrong (Vevay, Ind./Switzerland Cty.) to start the second half set up Oberlin for a Hannah Combe tally at the 48:47 mark. Whitmer responded with what turned out to be the game winner four minutes later when she knocked it in from near midfield for a 2-1 lead.
Both teams fired 15 shots with Oberlin putting one more on frame (9-8). The Beavers were whistled for seven more fouls (9-2) and they forced four more corner kicks (7-3). Oberlin was called for offsides seven times.
Senior Maddie Moore (Linn Grove, Ind./South Adams) led the Beavers with four shots, while Whitmer, Fultz and Megan Moreo (Spencerville/Delphos Jefferson) all finished with three attempts. Armstrong collected eight saves in the victory.
Bluffton opens HCAC action on Saturday, Sept. 29, when the Beavers make the long trek to Terre Haute, Ind., for a battle with Rose-Hulman. The contest is slated for 1 p.m.