Lions Unable to Complete Comeback, Season Comes to an End in HCAC Semifinals

Lions Unable to Complete Comeback, Season Comes to an End in HCAC Semifinals

Terre Haute, Ind. – The Mount St. Joseph University women's soccer team traveled west to compete against the Fightin' Engineers of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Semi-Finals late on Tuesday. The Lions entered the contest as the number four seed, coming in with a 9-7-2 overall record, and a 5-2-1 conference record. The Fightin' Engineers came in as the number one seed with their 13-4-1 overall record and a 7-0-1 conference record.

The Lions entered the game looking for redemption from earlier on in the season. In the second conference game of the 2019 season, the Lions had a 2-0 lead over the Fightin' Engineers. In the final 40 minutes of the game, the Fightin' Engineers were able to tie the game up at two goals each, pushing the game into overtime. The game concluded at the end of double overtime, resulting in a 2-2 tie for the teams. The Lions also had the championship on their minds with hopes of returning to the conference tournament finals and defending their title.

With the game underway, the Fightin' Engineers came out hot and looking for goals. In just the 2nd minute of play, the Fightin' Engineers would record their first goal. Goalkeeper Megan Gilpin (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) would make a fantastic initial save but was unable to secure a hold on the ball, resulting in the ball bouncing around the box and eventually being finished by a Lane Lawrence of Rose-Hulman.

It wouldn't take much longer for the Fightin' Engineers to build their lead against the Lions. In the 8th minute, they would score a very similar goal to their first, this time with Elle Vuotto of Rose-Hulman placing it in the back of the net.

The Lions would take their chances in the first half, taking five shots, but were unable to secure any goals. The Lions entered the half trailing the Fightin' Engineers 2-0. During halftime the Lions looked to reorganize themselves, gain their composure, and come out with all their energy in the second half. 

Six minutes into the second half, The Lions would get on the board. The goal would come from a cross by Madeline Rechel (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) who was able to run onto a ball and make a cross into the 18-yard box to Paige Mersmann (Florence, Ky./Boone County). Mersmann was able to redirect the ball with her head into the opposite direction of the keepers' dive, giving the Lions energy as they now trailed the Fightin' Engineers 2-1. 

With one goal scored and only one more needed to tie the game, the Lions came out with everything they had in the remaining 40 minutes of play. Multiple opportunities would come for the Lions, recording eight shots, but they were unable to get anymore into the back of the net. As time ticked away, the Lions ultimately fell to the Fightin' Engineers 2-1, ending their run in the conference tournament and the 2019 season. 

The Mount St. Joseph University women's soccer team ended their 2019 season with a 9-8-2 overall record and a 5-3-1 conference record. During the season the Lions were able to record 30 goals, with 10 different Lions recording at least one of the goals. Seniors, Madeline Rechel and Stefanie Autenrieb (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) led the team with six goals each. Rechel led the 2019 team in points, earning 18 points with her six goals and six assists.

Congratulations to the six Lions seniors for a tremendous four years while being a part of the Mount's soccer program. And finally, a huge congratulations to the whole team for the 2019 season. A job well done by all of those on the team for all of your accomplishments. Good job ladies! Check back in to next year as the Lions look to return to the top in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Go Lions!