The Oberlin women’s soccer team tied its home opener against Baldwin Wallace University 1–1 on Tuesday night, moving their record to 0–2–1 for the season.
It was Oberlin sophomore midfielder Caitlin McCuskey who opened the scoring early, capitalizing on decisive service from junior forward Taylor French to bypass Baldwin Wallace senior keeper Emily Tallmadge. The goal came after just 1 minute and 20 seconds and was the first of McCuskey’s collegiate career.
It wasn’t until late in the first half that Baldwin Wallace evened the score. Senior forward Kelsey Nemeth delivered a stinging attack from the Yellow Jackets, snagging an errant pass from Oberlin’s defense and shooting one past first-year keeper Jordyn Morris. However, Morris was impenetrable for the rest of the game and finished with five saves.
“She is doing really well in goal and communicating well with the team, which is key as a goalie,” said senior midfielder Ellie Huizenga about Morris. “Yesterday she really stepped up and kept us in the game.”
Despite Oberlin’s early score, the remainder of the game was everything but net.
“The rest of the game was a battle, where we knew Baldwin Wallace would capitalize if we made a mistake,” Huizenga said. “Although we played hard throughout overtime with many chances, we were just not able to close the game.”
Oberlin allowed the Baldwin Wallace defense little rest, recording 18 shots with 10 on goal, their accuracy besting their opponent’s six shots on target. Though their efforts didn’t translate to the scoreboard, the Yeomen maintained their energy throughout the second half and beyond regulation play, seeing several promising runs and shots from sophomore forward Gwennie Gardiner.
“Overall our work rate and intensity were top-notch, and we just made a few errors that unfortunately caused a goal for them,” said senior defender Tricia Souza.
Sophomore midfielder Josie Marshall embodied that intensity and work rate, earning her high praise from her teammates.
“MVP for the game would definitely be Josie,” McCuskey said. “She played nearly the entire game and was beat down over and over with no fouls called. I was really impressed with how tough she was both mentally and physically controlling the middle of the field.”
Even without the win, Head Coach Dan Palmer was happy with the Yeowomen’s play.
“We emphasized that it was going to be hard, it was going to be very hard, and it was. But they rose to the occasion and I was very proud of their performance,” Palmer said.
Yeowomen take the field on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. for a home game against Waynesburg University and again on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 4 p.m. for a game at Defiance College.