Defense struggles in Lions loss to Wittenberg

Defense struggles in Lions loss to Wittenberg

Location Springfield, Ohio (Edwards-Maurer Field)

The Basics:

Mount St. Joseph traveled to take on Wittenberg on Wednesday night. They returned home after taking a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Tigers. It was the first loss on the young season for the Lions, they had jumped out to a 2-0-1 record to begin the year.

How it Happened: 

During the first half of the match the offenses were clicking for both teams. Wittenberg knocked the Lions back on their heels quickly, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of play. Scoring their first goal off of a corner kick only three minutes into the game. Then they followed that up with another less than a minute later. 

The Lions would spend the rest of the first half trying to dig themselves out of the hole they were in. It took more than 20 minutes for the Lions to find the back of the net, but in the 22nd minute Cody Hacker (Cleves, OH/ Harrison) finally got the Lions on the board. The Mount would continue to fight back getting the equalizer in the 35th minute as Seth Freppon (Cold Spring, KY/ Newport Central Catholic) ripped one past the goalie to tie the score at 2-2. That would remain the score the rest of the first half. 

The second half would open with the score knotted but it would not remain that way for long. In the 56th minute The Mount committed a penalty inside the box giving Wittenberg a penalty shot. The Tigers would not miss the golden opportunity presented to them by the Lions mistake. Wittenberg would go on to add another goal in the 77th minute settling the final score at 4-2 in favor of the Tigers.

Standouts:

Freppon and Hacker have been the Lions leaders offensively on the season and that continued in this match for the Lions. Freppon leads the team with 3 goals so far this year and Hacker has 2.

Up Next: 

The Lions (2-1-1) will hit the road again, this time to take on Fransiscan on Friday.