Cedarville’s women’s soccer team defended took advantage of home field tonight, defeating the Ashland Eagles 2-1 for their third win of the season. The Eagles, ranked seventh in the Regional Coach’s Poll, were unbeaten in three matches heading into tonight’s game.
The teams battled early, with neither side able to establish dominance in possession. Grace Miorelli gave Cedarville a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 38th minute. Miorelli increased the lead to 2-0 in the 71st minute with a one-timer to the bottom left corner off a cross from Kylie Faxon.
Ashland refused to go down easily, fighting back with a goal of their own in the 73rd minute. They increased their offensive pressure, drawing three corner kicks in the last 10 minutes of the game. Cedarville goalie Hanna Harris came up with two crucial saves on these corner kicks to keep the lead for the Lady Jackets. Ashland threatened all the way up to the final whistle, but the Cedarville defense prevailed, holding on for the 2-1 upset victory.
Cedarville (3-1) has two more home games this week. They open conference play in the first match of double headers against Trevecca Nazarene on Thursday and Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday. They will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with the men to follow at 7 p.m.for both of those matches.
Tyler Greenwood is a sophomore mechanical engineering major and a sports reporter for Cedars.