The Kenyon women’s soccer team earned a tie and a loss in games against Transylvania University (Ky.) and Otterbein University, respectively, moving their record to 1-4-2 on the season.
In Saturday’s game against Transylvania, Kenyon struck first. Talulla Sheridan ’25 broke the ice in the ninth minute after a free kick from Morgan Baker ’25. The Owls kept up pressure throughout the first half, scoring a second time when Elyse Judge ’25 capitalized on another free kick. In the netfront scrum, Judge gained control of the ball and banked it off Olivia Carriero’s ’24 back to give Kenyon a 2-0 lead in the 26th minute. At the half, the Owls had a 9-0 advantage in shots and looked to finish the game strong.
Kenyon kept up the sustained pressure in the second half, registering three shots before Transylvania had added their first of the game. Despite the Owls’ offensive efforts, an unfortunate collision at the netfront allowed the Pioneers to score their first goal of the game in the 75th minute. Three minutes later, a foul on Kenyon gave Transylvania’s Isabella White a penalty shot, which she sent home to tie the game at 2-2. Though the Owls outshot the Pioneers 8-5 in the second half, none of their shots found the back of the net, and the team had to settle for a draw.
The Owls returned home on Tuesday to face the Otterbein College Cardinals. Otterbein came out of the gate hot, putting three shots on goal within the first five minutes, including two corner kicks that Kenyon defended successfully. However, the Cardinals broke through the Owls’ back wall with their first goal of the game. Four minutes later, Otterbein struck again, capitalizing once more on pressure near Kenyon’s goal. After a goal by the Cardinals in the 26th minute, the remainder of the game was goalless. The Owls did not go down without a fight, outshooting the Cardinals 17-6 overall, though both teams had four shots on goal in the 3-0 defeat.
The Owls will travel to face Hanover College (Ind.) Saturday.