DEFIANCE, OHIO – The Defiance College women's soccer team honored the seniors this afternoon as they hosted Hanover (Ind.) College in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup and fell to the Panthers, 9-0.
Hanover (14-4, 8-1 HCAC) came out strong and scored right away within the first five minutes of the game, taking an early 1-0 lead.
The Panthers kept the pressure on Defiance (2-15-2, 0-7-2 HCAC), controlling the offense and scoring two goals within two minutes of each other at the 18:12 and 19:54 minute marks, respectively. Panthers led the Yellow Jackets 3-0.
The Yellow Jackets retaliated, and senior midfielder Lindsay Bubnick (Vandalia/Butler) made the Panther goalkeeper do work, with a shot that ended-up being saved in the 22nd minute.
Hanover kept the rally going in their favor, scoring two more goals, the first came in the 26th minute and the second short after, in the 27th minute. The pair of goals gave the Panthers a 5-0 lead.
The Yellow Jacket offense was looking to score and the closest opportunity of the day came before the half, when Bubnick had a shot that just hit the crossbar and bounced out. Junior midfielder Erica Islas (Lockhart, Texas / Lockhart) was there to get the rebound, but the Panther goalie was there to stop the goal. The deficit remained 5-0 going into halftime.
The second half belonged to the Panthers. Despite solid efforts from senior defenders Melina Alexander (Clio, Mich. / Clio Area) and Chelsie Moyer (Tipp City/Tippecanoe) and the Yellow Jacket defense, Hanover scored four more times throughout the second half, taking a 9-0 lead.
Defiance was unable to get any shots off the rest of the half and the Panthers came up with the big victory.
In the net for Defiance, junior goalkeeper, June Delgreco (Dearborn Heights, Mich. / Crestwood) recorded eight saves.
At the conclusion of today's game, the DC Women's Soccer Team said goodbye to four seniors. Alexander, Bubnick, Moyer and Maegan Redick (Lima/Shawnee) all suited up for the last time as a Yellow Jacket.
Alexander leaves as one of the most experienced Yellow Jackets of all time. She played in 75 games for the Yellow Jackets which ranks her second all-time in that category. Though primarily a defensive player, Alexander tallied 29 career shots with one career goal.
Bubnick leaves as one of the best goal scorers in DC history. She has scored 16 goals in her career and six assists to finish her career with a total of 38 points to rank in the top-three all-time in program history. Bunick started 65 of 72 games and ranks in the top-five in both categories.
Moyer holds three records for the Yellow Jackets including: games played (75), games started (75) and minutes played (6,925). In her time at DC, Moyer has helped the defense shutout its opponent on 13 different occasions. She scored one goal in her career coming off a free kick against Mount St. Joseph her junior season.
Redick has put up strong numbers on the offensive side of the field throughout her DC career. She ranks in the top-ten in program history in several categories including: total points (23), goals (11) and games played (70). Redick has scored multiple goals each season of her career as a Yellow Jacket.
As a whole, the senior class has put together 22 wins in their time at DC.