BLUFFTON, OHIO - The Defiance College women's soccer team traveled to Bluffton University on Wednesday afternoon and came home with a 2-0 victory. The match marked the first victory for the Purple and Gold of the 2018 campaign.
It did not take long for Defiance to begin the winning performance. Just 2:37 into the match junior Blake Newman (Jackson, Mich. / Lumen Christi) found the back of the net after an assist came from fellow classmate Whitney Webb (Troy / Troy). The early goal did not deter the Yellow Jackets from continuing the offensive pressure. At the 4:33 mark, the Purple and Gold doubled their lead as Webb dribbled up the field and found the back of the net with a left-footed strike from distance.
With a 2-0 lead Defiance continued to press as they visitors fired five more shots in the first half to bring their tally to seven. The first half saw the Beavers take four shots, while forcing junior Madi Bowman (Eaton / Eaton) into three saves heading into halftime.
With the start of the second half the match began to open up. Bluffton narrowly lead Defiance in the shots category 11 to 10. Bowman was called into action six times to keep the cleansheet alive, while the Yellow Jacket offense continued to press, taking 10 more shots in the second forty-five minutes.
Leading the way in the shots category was junior Sarah Madaras (Kalamazoo, Mich. / Parchment), while six other Yellow Jackets added shots to the attacking precsence. Webb's tally increased her season goals scored to two on the season, while the junior added her first assist of the campaign. Newman's goal was the first of the 2018 season for the junior captain.
The victory moves the Yellow Jacket record to 1-9 on the season, with a 1-1 mark to begin HCAC play. The side is next in action Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1:00 pm as Winsper-Knobel Memorial Field plays host to Rose-Hulman for 2018 Homecoming.