By: Takayla Gadberry, sports information assistant
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Bluffton University women's soccer team headed south to Transylvania University on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. The Beavers were able to limit the Pioneer offense to just two goals while picking up two of their own for a 2-2 tie in double overtime. It was a historic result for a Bluffton women's soccer team that had lost all 18 of the previous meetings between the conference rivals. Bluffton moved to 5-10-1 (2-4-1 HCAC) overall, while Transylvania now holds a 5-8-2 (3-2-2 HCAC) mark.
Defense ruled the first half until Julia Gibson (New Carlisle/Tecumseh) netted a shot with under four minutes left to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead going into the break. In the 69th minute, freshman Emma White (St. Marys/Memorial) took a nice feed from junior Maddie Huffman (Maineville/Little Miami) and connected with the back of the net to give the visiting team a 2-0 lead.
Transylvania's Cassandra Thomas secured a Pioneer goal that made it 2-1 with just over 15 minutes left in regulation. In the 87th minute, Meron Roach netted the equalizer, sending the match into overtime. Neither team was able to produce a goal in either extra session as the contest ended in a 2-2 tie.
Both teams took a total of 17 shots, Bluffton putting eight on goal compared to five for Transylvania. The Pioneers forced four more corner kicks (9-5), and were whistled for four fewer fouls (13-9).
The women are back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 30, when they welcome Manchester University to Sears Athletic Complex. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. Come out and support your Beavers!