By Ian Round and Reed Dickerson
The Ladies soccer team ended its season on a high note last Saturday, Nov. 2, with a dramatic 1-0 double overtime win over rival Oberlin College. Forward Maggie Smith ’17 scored the winning goal with 1:15 left in the second overtime, sealing the Senior Day win for the Ladies.
“We kept saying ﾑjust keep shooting’ and eventually it’ll go in, and it did,” Head Coach Kelly Bryan said. “It just took us a lot of time to finally finish one. Give Oberlin a lot of credit.”
Kenyon (6-9-2, 4-3-1 in conference) controlled the ball for most of the game and outshot Oberlin 23-6, but Bryan was not pleased with the Ladies’ first-half performance.
“I was angry,” Bryan said about her halftime speech. “But the second half and overtimes were much better. Knowing your season’s going to be over whether you’re a senior or not is sometimes difficult to handle.”
The Ladies finished fifth in the North Coast Athletic Conference and will not play in the conference tournament.
“Considering all the injuries and challenges we overcame this season, we actually ended on a high note,” said goalkeeper Catherine Lloyd ’14, who played in the second half of the win over Oberlin. “Once we knew we weren’t in the playoffs, it was nice to just enjoy the Oberlin game for what it was: our last game together as a group of seniors and as a team.”
Kenyon volleyball wrapped up its regular season this past Saturday, Nov. 2 in a tournament in Lexington, Ky. against the Bluffton University Beavers and host team Transylvania University Pioneers.
The Ladies first played against Bluffton, losing the first two games 17-25 and 15-25 before rallying to win the third match 25-13. In the fourth set, Kenyon pulled ahead with a seven-point lead thanks to a string of errors by Bluffton and double attacks from Co-Captain Sierra DeLeon ’14.
Still, the Ladies ultimately dropped the match-deciding set 19-25. The following match against Transylvania opened with a good performance from the Ladies, who won the first set 25-20. Unfortunately, the Ladies were unable to capitalize on their early success, and the Pioneers managed to win the next three sets by scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-8.
These two matches marked the end of the regular season for the Ladies, who are now seeded seventh as they head into the playoffs.
“For the girls, this is a chance to avenge some of the tight matches we’ve had before,” Head Coach Katie Charles said. “We’ll match up with Hiram, whom we played really close with when were up at their place.”
The conference tournament is hosted by Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and the Ladies will face off against Hiram on Nov. 8.
“Our biggest thing is going to have to be defense,” Charles said. “They’re a big, physical, highflying team. They pound the ball, but they make a lot of errors ﾅ we’ve just got to get a lot of touches on balls and not let them get easy kills.”