The Lady Jackets opened up HCAC play today against Mount St. Joe's with a disappointing 2-1 loss at home. The loss drops DC to 3-7-1 (0-1-0 HCAC).
The Lions of MSJ came in today with only one win. After DC finished fifth last year in HCAC play, they were looking to come back this year to get a postseason HCAC bid, which features the best four HCAC teams.
The Lady Jackets were hoping to get a big win to start off conference to establish themselves as one of the better teams on the first weekend. MSJ was able to put a stop to that though and avenge the losses from the past two years.
Victoria Heflin was able to get things going very quickly for the Lions, scoring a header just 90 seconds after the first whistle off a misplayed ball from the Defiance defense.
DC was able to settle down though and put the pressure back on, taking six of the next eight shots of the game. Both defenses and goalies were able to buckle down though and hold the game score to 1-0 into the half.
12 minutes into the second half, junior defender Chelsie Moyer (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) was able to find goal from 30 yards out off a free kick. MSJ's goalie was able to make the stop but in doing so, stumbled backward and the ball crossed the plain tying the score up 1-1.
The teams both started playing physical defense turning away shots by each other and keeping the score at one apiece.
MSJ was able to strike again though, this time with just 90 seconds until the final whistle. Katie Jauch scored off a free kick from 20 yards out from straight away.
DC outshot the Lions 21-14 and 9-7 on goal. Defiance plays again next at home on Tuesday against Earlham. Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm.