By Scott Beaton
ADA — The Ohio Northern women's soccer team played No. 15-ranked Hope (Mich.) to a 1-1 draw after two overtime periods in its 2019 home opener at Kerscher Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Junior Abigail Mathews (Liberty Township/Lakota East) netted the lone goal for the Polar Bears (2-0-1).
The Flying Dutch (0-0-3) received an equalizer from Audrey White in the 65th minute.
In the 4th minute, junior Megan Breier (Plainfield, Ill./North) earned a corner kick for the Polar Bears.
The loose ball found its way to Mathews, who beat the Flying Dutch keeper with a shot from eight yards out to the right post to give ONU a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Hope scored in the 65th minute off a header from six yards out.
Senior Meagan Grierson (Dayton/Miamisburg) and the Polar Bear defense held off the Flying Dutch late in the second half to send the game into overtime, tied at 1-1.
Hope outshot Ohio Northern in the first overtime 3-1 but neither team found the net.
In the second overtime, Northern had multiple dangerous chances.
Off a set piece in the 109th minute, junior Siena Ward (Newport Beach, Cal./Newport Harbor) corralled a deflection off a Hope defender in front of the goal line, but was ruled offside.
The Polar Bears outshot Hope 17-13 with ONU putting seven shots on-frame to HC's four. Hope held an 11-7 advantage in corners.
Ohio Northern returns to the pitch Saturday at 3 p.m. against No. 6-ranked Wheaton (Ill.).