By Scott Beaton
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Ohio Northern women's soccer team opened its 2019 campaign with a 1-0 win over Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) in the Tartan Cup at Carnegie Mellon Soccer Field on Friday.
The ONU victory is also 16th-year head coach Mark Batman's 200th career win. Batman is the program's all-time winningest coach in both wins and winning percentage.
Junior Jenna Fuller (Countryside, Ill./Lyons Township) scored the game-winner in the 52nd minute for the Polar Bears (1-0-0).
W & J (0-1-0) keeper Gabriella Lloyd made eight second-half saves to lead the Presidents.
The lone goal of the match came in the 52nd minute.
Junior Sydney Leshnak (Liberty Township/Mount Notre Dame) played a deep ball that Fuller corralled. Fuller then made a move on a pair of W & J defenders to create enough space to fire a left-footed strike from 20 yards out into the top-left corner of the net, putting ONU up 1-0.
The Polar Bears nearly extended their lead in the 79th minute, but a penalty kick from freshman Allison Contenza (Rocky River) was batted away by Lloyd. Conteza gathered the rebound and fired another shot on-target, but it was saved and the W & J defense was able to clear the ball.
In the 84th minute, Northern continued to apply pressure as junior Megan Breier (Plainfield, Ill./North) sent a shot off the left post.
ONU's defense and senior goalkeeper Meagan Grierson (Dayton/Miamisburg) kept a clean sheet throughout the match, stopping both of W & J's shot attempts.
Northern created 25 shots with 11 on-target. ONU recorded seven corners to one for W & J.
The Polar Bears take to the field again on Sunday at 1:30 against Carnegie Mellon (Pa.).