GRANVILLE, Ohio – The Adrian College women's soccer team ran into a determined Denison squad in their season opener on Friday (Aug. 29). The Bulldogs fell 6-1 and did not score until the final minutes of the match. Sophomore Emily Theisen notched her first career goal at 86:52 as she settled a ball at the top of the box and floated it over keeper unassisted.
"We saw an intense team today and they showed us why they are a perennial contender in our region," said head coach Ali Alamdari. "We started the second half strong after trailing 2-0 at halftime, but the third goal really deflated us. Denison returned six of their top seven point scorers from last year and we graduated over half of our team goals. That type of experience showed in this matchup. We will have less than 24 hours to regroup and play tomorrow at Kenyon."
Ashlyn Flaherty got Denison on the board at 23:37 on a scrum in the box with an assist from Jessica Skelly. Andrea Witte made it 2-0 heading into the locker room at 41:20 as she took a cross down the left sideline from Naomi Barker and booted it into the right side of the net.
The third goal that really shifted momentum came at 51:08 as Drew Wentzel settled a ball just outside the box and shot into the lower left corner unassisted. Keara Kilbane and Jacquie Graham increased the lead to 5-0 with 9:04 to play. Theisen's goal got Adrian on the board and finally Wentzel's second of the match came off a penalty kick at 88:59.
Lexi Lewandowski made eight saves in 71 minutes and was replaced by Taylor Royce who made one save down the stretch. Adrian managed six shots on goal as Erin Weide had a few scoring chances and finished with two shots on net. Lauren Badalamente playing in her first match with Adrian had two shots on goal off the bench.