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Loss to Otterbein Ends OAC Tournament Hopes for MU Women's Soccer 

WESTERVIILE, OHOctober 29, 2011 - The Mount Union women's soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss at Otterbein on Saturday afternoon.

A win would have likely qualified the Purple Raiders (8-9-2, 3-6-0) for the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time since 2003. Emily Bates netted two goals in the opening six minutes for Otterbein. The Cardinals controlled the rest of the match, but were unable to score again. They outshot the Purple Raiders, 19-3, and a header by Alyssa Flitcraft in the 49th minute was the only shot on goal for Mount Union.

Goalkeeper Maria Favorite made 5 saves for the Raiders. Melissa Zang made one save and was credited with the shutout and win for Otterbein (10-5-2, 7-1-1). 

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Mount Union Women’s Soccer Explodes for Seven Goals to Keep OAC Hopes Alive 

ALLIANCE, OH - October 26, 2011 - Six players netted scores as the Mount Union women's soccer team defeated Muskingum, 7-0, Wednesday night at Mount Union Stadium. With the win, the Purple Raiders (8-8-2, 3-5-0) pulled into a four-way tie for the final two spots in next week's Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.

Playing in her final home match, senior Alyssa Flitcraft provided an immediate spark off the bench. The teams had combined for just two shots when the speedy Flitcraft entered in the 24th minute. Flitcraft was able to get off two shots within the next three minutes. Finally, in the 30th minute, she found junior Kylee Kolesar in the box. Kolesar possessed the ball and buried the shot into the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Ashley Kuhn was able to convert a corner by Ashley Sams into the Raiders' second goal of the night. Jen Sprandel scored off another corner by Sams a few minutes later for a 3-0 lead heading to halftime.

Flitcraft got back into the action in the second half. The OAC's second-leading goal scorer netted a pair of goals to give her 10 on the season. Seniors Kaleigh Stanley and Christin Handley assisted on the scores. Two freshmen, Gina Wall and Nicole Moldovan, also added second half goals. Wall was able to maneuver her way through the defense for her score in the 64th minute. In the 85th minute, Moldovan scored on a header off a corner by Sprandel. Freshman goalkeeper Maria Favorite started and made one save in 45 scoreless minutes in net. Fellow freshman Jackie Podolsky replaced her at halftime and also made one save in 45 minutes. Starter Sara Poling made nine saves for Muskingum (5-13-0, 1-7-0) while Megan Dever made one save for the Muskies.

Mount Union returns to action on Saturday when they visit Otterbein. A win will likely qualify the Raiders for the OAC Tournament for the first time since 2003.

MU Women Blitzed by Capital

ALLIANCE, OH - October 22, 2011 - The Mount Union women's soccer team was defeated in an Ohio Athletic Conference contest by the Capital, 4-0.

Capital's Kaylee Phillips and Hilary Ells both scored twice as the Crusaders won their fifth OAC game of the season. Mount Union kept close for most of the game, but the Crusaders pulled away in the game's final 15 minutes. Goalkeeper Maria Favorite finished with seven saves. For Capital, keeper Maggie Donnellan held Mount Union scoreless while making seven saves. With the loss, Mount Union falls to 2-5 in the OAC, and 7-8-2 overall.

The Purple Raiders will continue to try earning a spot in the OAC tournament when they host Muskingum Wednesday at 7 p.m. 

B-W Outduels MU Women

BEREA, OH - October 18, 2011 - The Mount Union women's soccer team was outshot 16-3 and fell to Baldwin-Wallace, 2-0. A win over the Yellow Jackets would have allowed the Purple Raiders (7-7-2, 2-4) to control their own destiny in the hunt for a return to the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.

A shot off the post by Ashley Sams in the 62nd minute was the first shot of the night for Mount Union. They did not attempt a shot on goal until 1:34 remained in the match. Baldwin-Wallace struck early with a goal from Lindsey Cooper at the 3:03 mark of the first quarter. Noelle Fox added a goal in the 16th minute and that was all Baldwin-Wallace needed.

Jackie Podolsky made two saves in goal for the Purple Raiders. Garielle Brodo turned away the only shot on goal she faced for Baldwin-Wallace (9-7, 2-4). Mount Union will return to action on Saturday as they host Capital as part of a double-header with the men's team. 

Mount Union Women's Soccer: Purple Raiders Come of Age in OAC Win 

ALLIANCE, OH - October 15, 2011 - The Mount Union women's soccer team defended its home turf with an impressive 2-0 win over Heidelberg. The Purple Raiders (7-6-2, 2-3) received contributions from several freshmen and picked up three crucial points in the Ohio Athletic Conference standings.

Freshman Gina Wall gave Mount Union the lead with her third goal of the season in the 18th minute. Wall beat a defender and struck a hard shot off the keeper and into the net. With 7:24 remaining in the second half, the Raiders received an insurance goal from junior Kylee Kolesar.

Freshman Erika Druzina found Kolesar on a long pass down the field for a one-on-one opportunity, which the junior was able to cash in for the goal. Play took place on the Mount Union side of the field most of the game as the Raiders outshot Heidelberg, 17-7. Kelsey Hogan's shot in the 61st minute was the only shot on goal they allowed the entire match. The young Purple Raiders not only controlled the ball, they also controlled their emotions in a physical game. Heidelberg received two yellow cards, including one for running into Mount Union freshman goalkeeper Maria Favorite in the 69th minute. Favorite, who made one save in the game, was forced to leave and was replaced by fellow freshman Jackie Podolsky.

Mount Union will travel to Berea to take on Baldwin-Wallace in an OAC contest Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Mount Union Women's Soccer Fall to Blue Streaks 

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH - October 12, 2011 - The Mount Union women's soccer team was unable to overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit, falling by that same score to John Carroll in an Ohio Athletic Conference women's soccer match Wednesday night. The Purple Raiders (6-6-2, 1-3) gave the Blue Streaks, who are just a game out of first place in the OAC, all they could handle on their home turf.

The Blue Streaks received a goal from Kaylin Akerly in the 24th minute to take a 1-0 lead. They were able to prevent the Raiders from getting the ball within striking distance most of the night, outshooting them 40-7. With under 30 seconds remaining, the Purple Raiders had one final scoring opportunity, but a shot by Kylee Kolesar was turned away by goalkeeper Lexi Korczynski.

Mount Union's Maria Favorite recorded 14 saves, which is the most in a single game by a Purple Raider keeper this season. Korczynski made two saves for John Carroll (9-5, 3-1). Mount Union continues the OAC portion of their schedule on Saturday when Heidelberg pays a visit. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by the men's match at 7 p.m. 

Key Conference Win for MU Women

MARIETTA, OH - October 8, 2011 - The Mount Union women's soccer team a won their first Ohio Athletic Conference match of the season with a thrilling 3-2 double-overtime win over Marietta. In their victory, the Purple Raiders (6-5-2, 1-2-0 OAC) received a little bit of help from the host Pioneers.

With 5:43 remaining in the second overtime period, a corner kick by Ashley Sams was deflected into the net by a Marietta player to give Mount Union the win. Marietta took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Holly Simms in the fifth minute. Sams evened the score in the 13th minute when she received a pass in the box from Christin Handley and beat the keeper in the lower right corner of the goal.

Marietta regained the lead just two minutes later after a goal by Stevie Reilly. In the 33rd minute, Alyssa Flitcraft responded with a breakaway goal to pull the Purple Raiders even heading into halftime. After combining to score four times in the first 33 minutes of the match, neither team scored again for the next 72 minutes before the own goal.

Freshman Maria Favorite made five saves for Mount Union. Kelly Sommers made six saves for Marietta (1-10-1, 0-3-0). Mount Union returns to action Wednesday night when they travel to University Heights to take on John Carroll. 

MU Women Fall Hard to Kenyon

GAMBIER, OH - October 5, 2011 - The Mount Union women's soccer team rounded out its non-conference schedule with a 4-1 road loss to Kenyon Wednesday night.

Freshman Allison Fouss (Lowell/Marietta) scored the lone goal of the night for the Purple Raiders (5-5-2) in the 85th minute. Despite being outshot 12-1, Mount Union only allowed a goal by Courtney Hague in the 35th minute for a 1-0 deficit at halftime. However, Caddie Durrett scored a pair of goals in the opening five minutes of the second half and Becca Romaine added a goal in the 60th minute for a 4-0 lead.

Taryn Vespoint (Ravenna/Ravenna) made nine saves in 71 minutes of action for Mount Union. Jackie Podolsky (Canfield/Canfield) played 19 minutes in goal and had three saves. Lauren Wolfe saved four shots in 81 scoreless minutes in goal for Kenyon (9-2-0). Anna Walley made one save and allowed a goal in nine minutes of action.

Mount Union travels to Marietta on Saturday for an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. 

Mount Women Fall to Ranked Rival

ALLIANCE, OH - October 1, 2011 - The Mount Union women's soccer team was unable to recover after allowing four first half goals and lost 4-1 in an Ohio Athletic Conference match to #25 Ohio Northern Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears are ranked 25th in the lastest National Soccer Coaches Assocation of America poll.

Ashley Sams scored the only goal of the match for the Purple Raiders (5-4-2, 0-2 OAC) on a free kick in the 55th minute.

Ohio Northern's Sami Atkinson scored a pair of goals, both assisted by Alyssa Merrick, in the opening 17 minutes as the Polar Bears quickly took control of the game. Kristina Klusek and Sandra Thorarensen added goals for a 4-0 lead heading into halftime. The ball remained on the Ohio Northern side of midfield most of the match as the Polar Bears (7-1-2, 2-0 OAC) outshot the Purple Raiders, 18-2. Taryn Vespoint made three saves for Mount Union.

The Purple Raiders Return to action this Wednesday when they travel to Kenyon for their final non-conference contest of the season.

MU Women Struggle in Conference Opener

WILMINGTON, OH - September 24, 2011 - The Mount Union women's soccer team dropped their Ohio Athletic Conference opener to Wilmington, 4-0.

Coming off an 8-0 win over Pitt-Greensburg on Wednesday, the Purple Raiders (5-3-1) were unable to score a goal for the fourth time this season. Despite equaling the Quakers with five shots on goal, the Purple Raiders trailed 3-0 at halftime. Camille Gentile scored a pair of goals for Wilmington. Sarah Watters and Lauren Price added goals for the Quakers.

Jackie Podolsky and Taryn Vespoint both saw time in goal for Mount Union. Podolsky made their only save of the game. Hannah Riffel made five saves for Wilmington (3-4-2, 1-0-0 OAC). Mount Union travels to Grove City (Pa.) on Thursday for a non-conference match. 

MU Women Dominant in Weekday Match

ALLIANCE, OH - September 21, 2011 - Alyssa Flitcraft had a hat trick and Gina Wall added two goals as the Mount Union women's soccer team defeated Pitt-Greensburg, 8-0. The Purple Raiders (5-2-1) are off to their best start since 2001 (5-3-0) and have already surpassed their goal total from each of the past seven seasons.

The Purple Raiders were the aggressors throughout the match, dominating possession of the ball to outshoot the Bobcats, 45-0. Wall put the Raiders on the scoreboard in the 9th minute when she beat the keeper off a pass from Allison Fouss. Flitcraft scored her first goal of the night in the 25th minute, shortly after entering the game. A goal by Jackie Lowdermilk and Flitcraft's second goal gave the Purple Raiders a 4-0 lead heading into halftime. Ashley Sams, Jessica Finkler, and Nicole Moldovan scored their first collegiate goals in the second half. In the 80th minute, Flitcraft received a pass in the box from Moldovan and buried the ball in the back of the net for her first collegiate hat trick. She also recorded an assist to finish the night with seven points. Moldovan added two assists to go with her goal.

Kylee Kolesar also recorded two assists for the Purple Raiders. Jackie Podolsky, Taryn Vespoint, and Maria Favorite all saw time in net for Mount Union and did not face a shot. Trish Douglass made 15 saves for Pitt-Greensburg. Mount Union opens Ohio Athletic Conference play Saturday when they travel to Wilmington. 

Mount Women Back to Winning Ways

ALLIANCE, OH - September 13, 2011 - Mount Union's women's soccer team snapped a two-game losing streak and posted its fifth shutout of the season as the Purple Raiders blanked Oberlin, 1-0 Tuesday night at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Ashley Kuhn posted the game's lone goal in the 58th minute as she streaked down the right side drove into the box and put it past the keeper from five yards out.

Jackie Podolsky had five saves to post her fourth shutout of the season in goal for the Raiders.

Mount Union moves to 4-2-1 with the win while Oberlin falls to 3-3-1 with the loss. The Raiders are now off for eight days before hosting Pitt-Greensburg on Wed., Sept. 21 at 7 pm at Mount Union Stadium. 

Rochester Too Much for MU Women

FREDONIA, NY - September 10, 2011 - The Mount Union women's soccer team fell to Rochester (N.Y.), 2-0, Saturday afternoon.

The Purple Raiders (3-2-1) struggled to create scoring opportunities and only managed four shots in the match.
After scoring 14 goals in their first three games, the Purple Raiders have failed to score in their last three. The team has had a hectic beginning to the season, playing six times in the past 10 days.

Jackie Podolsky started the game in net for Mount Union and made five saves while allowing two goals. Taryn Vespoint played the second half and made seven saves without allowing a goal.

Elizabeth Martens and Ellen Coleman scored the goals for Rochester. Bridget Lane made two saves in goal for the Yellow Jackets.

Mount Union returns to action Tuesday when they host Oberlin. Kickoff is set for 3 pm at Mount Union Stadium. 

Scoreless Minutes Streak Broken in MU Women's Soccer Loss to Penn State-Behrend

FREDONIA, NY - September 9, 2011 - Mount Union's women's soccer team allowed their first goal of the season in a 2-0 loss to Penn State-Behrend at the Clarion Classic. The Purple Raiders (3-1-1) are off to their best start since 2002 and had not allowed a goal in 380 minutes played prior to today.

The streak held for the first 45 minutes and it was scoreless at halftime. In the 52nd minute, Penn State-Behrend's Glennis Robash controlled a corner kick near the net and found teammate Lindsey Steinsdorfer for the goal. The Lions (2-2-0) scored again on an own goal off a corner kick in the 65th minute.

Goalkeeper Jackie Podolsky  had seven saves for Mount Union. Podolsky and Taryn Vespoint combined to play 431:37 without allowing a goal to begin the season, the longest streak for Mount Union since 1996. It is the longest streak to begin a season in program history.

Heather Klimuszka had four saves for Penn State-Behrend (2-2-0).

Mount Union returns to action tomorrow when they face Rochester (N.Y.). Kickoff is set for 3 pm.

MU Women's Soccer Remains Unbeaten in Scoreless Tie at Westminster

NEW WILMINGTON, PA - September 7, 2011 - The Mount Union women's soccer team played Westminster (Pa.) to a scoreless 0-0 tie in double overtime Wednesday night. The Purple Raiders (3-0-1) are unbeaten through four games for the first time since 2002 and have yet to allow a goal this season.

The Purple Raiders were outshot for the first time this season, 11-7.

Senior Taryn Vespoint made nine saves in the shutout. Jenn Cantella had seven saves in net for Westminster.

Mount Union returns to action this weekend when they participate in the Clarion Classic in Fredonia, N.Y. The Purple Raiders will play Penn State-Behrend (Pa.) on Friday and face Rochester (N.Y.) on Saturday.

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