Seventh year head coach Nick Spell and the Heidelberg University women’s soccer team played under the lights of Mayer Field against Wilmington College on October 3. The Heidelberg women hosted Faculty Appreciation night against the Quakers and with a collection of faculty members on hand, the Berg found their first Ohio Athletic Conference win, 1-0.
After a scoreless first half, sophomore Christina Neal (Kingston, TN./Roane County) tallied her first goal of the 2012 season, to give the Berg a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute.
“It was nice for Christina to get her first goal tonight,” said Spell.
Offensively, freshman Kristen Smith (Lancaster/Bloom Carroll) was the only other Student Prince to record a shot against the Quakers. Smith placed one shot on goal for the Berg.
Freshman goalkeeper Julie Cross (Bowling Green) had another impressive game in net. She faced 20 of shots from Wilmington, but stayed tough between the posts. In the closing mintues, Cross faced a slew of shots from the Quakers, as they tried, tirelessly to find the equalizer.
For the match, Cross stopped seven shots from the Quakers to record her second shutout of the season. Cross has collected an impressive 77 saves in her freshman campaign.
“We’re excited to get a win against a tough OAC team like Wilmington,” said Spell. “But we still need to continue to work hard, improve, and get ready for Capital.”
The Heidelberg women will battle the Crusader on Saturday, October 6. Kickoff from Hidden Valley Soccer Complex in Tiffin, Ohio is scheduled for 1:00 pm.