Women's Soccer: Raiders' Unbeaten Streak Improves to Four After Tie Against Capital; Freel Records 25 Saves

Paige Freel (Photo by Jake Budyka)
Paige Freel (Photo by Jake Budyka)

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union women's soccer team pushes its unbeaten streak to four games after tying conference opponent Capital 2-2 at Mount Union Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Capital recorded the game's first goal at the 11:43 mark when Caroline Hester placed the ball upper-90 in the back of Mount Union's net.

Purple Raider senior Carolyn Balzano (Poland/Poland Seminary) notched a game-tying point in the 38th minute after Mount Union was awarded a penalty kick. 

The score remained tied at one through the first half.

Sophomore Nicole Lanese (Macedonia/Nordonia) tallied her 14th point of the season after taking Capital goalkeeper Hannah Klotzsche one-on-one and slipped the ball into the back of Capital's goal, giving the Raiders a 2-1 lead.
 
At the 69:37 mark, Capital's Claire Quinn tallied a point off of a free kick from the Mount Union 25-yard line, tying the game at two apiece.
 
The teams played through the remainder of regulation with the score tied at two, which sent the game into overtime. After two overtime periods of no scoring by either team, the game resulted in a 2-2 tie.
 
Junior goalkeeper Paige Freel (Niles/Niles McKinley) recorded 25 saves on the day, which broke the previous second place record for number of saves in a single game (23), last set by Cassie Weisend in 1988 against Ohio Northern. 
 
Mount Union advances to 6-6-2 on the season and 2-2-2 in conference play, while Capital's records improve to 6-6-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the OAC.

The Purple Raiders next host Muskingum on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Mount Union Stadium at 7 p.m.