GENEVA, N.Y. — Ohio Northern’s women’s soccer team had a slight 6-5 edge in total shots on Sunday.
But Hardin-Simmons had a huge 12-3 advantage in corner kicks, and the Cowgirls capitalized on one of those opportunities to score the game’s only goal and edge ONU 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament at Boswell Field in Geneva, New York.
Hardin-Simmons, 23-0-0 and ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division III polls, advances to the national semifinals to face Williams College (20-1-1) in a Dec. 1 contest at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ohio Northern, reaching the Elite Eight of Division III women’s soccer for the first time in school history, ended its season at 20-2-2.
Ohio Northern had two shots on goal, both in the first half, but Hardin-Simmons’ goalie Caitlin Christiansen made the save both times. Then, in the 63rd minute, Hardin-Simmons’ junior midfielder Eva Pipkin got a clean shot off a corner kick. ONU goalie Meagan Grierson blocked the attempt, but Sarah Krisa hammered the rebound home for the decisive goal.
ONU advanced to the quarterfinals with a dramatic 1-0 overtime win over No. 2-ranked William Smith College on Saturday.
ONU and William Smith went to overtime tied 0-0 in a defensive struggle. Just 30 seconds into the extra period, though, freshman Jenna Fuller converted an assist from freshman Sydney Leshnak for the game-winning goal.
Grierson stopped four shots in goal to post the shutout for Ohio Northern. Both teams recorded five shots on goal, while William Smith (19-2) had a 13-9 advantage in shots overall.
ONU’s Richards 9th
ELSAH, Ill. — Ohio Northern University senior Emily Richards earned All-America honors after finishing ninth in the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championships at the North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Illinois.
Richards ran the 6,000-meter course in 21:02. Her time broke her personal best by 45 seconds and was just two seconds off the school record of 21:00 set by Alison (Steinbrunner) Kwiat in 2012.
Richards’ ninth-place finish ties her with Kwiat for the second-best finish in school history at the NCAA Division III women’s championships.
Johns Hopkins (Md.) won the team title with 96 points, while Chicago’s Khia Kurtenbach (20:39) was the individual champion.
ONU’s McVey places 10th
ELSAH, Ill. — Ohio Northern University junior Ian McVey earned All-America honors with a 10th-place finish and led the Polar Bears’ men’s cross country team to 19th place at the NCAA Division III Championships at the North Farm Cross Country Course.
Ohio Northern finished with 456 points in the 32-team field.
McVey toured the 8,000-meter course in 24:37, which is the third-fastest time in school history.
Matt Molinaro added a 61st-place finish for ONU in 25:12.
North Central (Ill.) won the team championship with 57 points. Darin Lau (Wisconsin-Eau Claire) was the individual champion with a 24:03.
ONU women bounce back
CHICAGO — The nation’s seventh-ranked Ohio Northern women’s basketball team lost its season opener on a Friday night buzzer-beater.
But the Polar Bears responded on Saturday with an 84-48 drubbing of St. Mary’s College in their final game of the North Park Invitational in Chicago.
ONU improved to 1-1 overall. The Bells dropped to 0-2.
No additional statistics were available on the game.
The Polar Bears’ heartbreaking loss on Friday came against unranked Bluffton, which had just three wins in 27 previous meetings with ONU. After the Beavers clawed back from a 10-point deficit with five minutes to go, T.J. Mills buried a 25-foot jumper at the buzzer for a 67-66 win.
BU men’s basketball falls
ROANOKE, Va. — After a 15-point loss in Friday’s season opener, Bluffton’s men’s basketball team was wrapped up in a close Roanoke Tip-Off Classic consolation game on Saturday.
But Spalding used a trio of double-figure scorers and two more with at least eight points to edge the Beavers 65-63 in nonconference action.
Bluffton, which fell to 0-2, did outscore the Golden Eagles 35-34 in the second half, but a slight three-point deficit in the first half proved to be the difference.
Jared Wentling, a Carey grad, paced Bluffton with a 22-point, 13-rebound double-double. He added five assists and hit 9 of 16 shots from the field and 2 of 2 from 3-point range.
Kevin Christie chipped in 15 points for the Beavers, Andrew Renner scored nine and Arlington grad Andrew Hunter scored five with two assists and a team-high four steals.
Bluffton took a 61-60 lead with less than two minutes to go, but Spalding buried a 3, followed by a Kevin Christie layup to tie it. The Golden Eagles sank a close-range shot for the lead with 19 seconds to go.
Robert Benningfield led Spadling (1-2) with 15 points and six assists, while Cornelius Watt (14 points) and Dominique Ellis (11) chipped in double figures.