Location: Schueler Field (Cincinnati, OH)
The matchup between Mount St. Joseph and Spalding was full of emotion, as both teams had multiple individuals end the game with cards. The Lions were able to strike first and hold the lead for most of the game. Spalding was able to score late in the second half to tie the score at 3-3 and force the game into overtime. The Lions were able to get to the net in the first half of overtime to steal the win with a final score of 4-3.
How it Happened:
The match started off as a defensive standoff as both teams tried to get to the net. The Lions were able to strike first with a goal from Seth Freppon (Cold Spring, KY Newport Central Catholic). This gave the Lions the lead until Spalding was able to answer with a goal of their own. The score would be tied at 1-1 at the end of the first half. Coming into the second half of play the Lions looked determined to get ahead. Colton Lipps (Cincinnati, OH Northwest) was able to get to the net and take the lead over Spalding 2-1. In the 60th minute, Spalding was able to score again to tie the game up 2-2. Colton had an outstanding second half getting into scoring position multiple times. He was able to put the Lions back in front with a goal assisted by Joseph Glisson (Cincinnati,OH Anderson). The Lions would control the lead for a majority of rest of the second half. Michael Huber (New Richmond, OH/ New Richmond) played incredible defense and locked down the Spalding offense to hold the lead. After a red card from the officials Michael was ejected from the game and forced to watch from the bench. With only 2 minutes to go Spalding was able to score to tie the game 3-3 at the end of regulation. Overtime was competitive as both teams were emotionally invested in trying to get the win. The Lions were able to get the ball near the net and Austin Masters (Cincinnati, OH Northwest) was able to cross the ball for a header by Colton for his third goal of the day. This would give the Lions the win in overtime with a final score of 4-3
Multiple players were able to play a role and step up in the big win. Michael Huber played an amazing game before being ejected. His defense was able to shut down Spalding's best offensive weapons. The other amazing performance came from Colton Lipps. He was able to score 3 times during the game, including the game winning goal in overtime to put the Lions on top.
The Lions will compete next on 9/26 as they travel to Fischer Field to face Wabash College at 4:00 PM. The team will look to keep the same intensity and come out with another win.