NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – A steady rain and windy conditions on the Good Field pitch at the Spartan Soccer Complex didn't dampen a close-knit battle between Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and Ohio Athletic Conference counterparts Saturday, Sept. 10.
Manchester University and Wilmington College gave a hearty crowd of better than 150 plenty of excitement throughout 90 minutes. They combined for seven goals and 60 shot attempts with the visiting Quakers side-stepping a valiant effort from the Black and Gold.
Coach Christine Johnson's side rallied back at nearly every turn against WC. Despite a hat trick for opposing forward Ashley Lovett, sophomore forward Maranda Birmingham (Kouts, Ind.) continued to shine in the early season with a pair of scoring strikes, and junior midfielder Courtney Hersick (Plymouth, Ind.) added another in a hard-fought 4-3 defeat. The duo combined for six of MU's 11 total shot tries and four of the squad's six shots at the Wilmington goal.
The Spartans (0-4) wrap up a three-match set against the Ohio Athletic Conference Saturday, Sept. 17, as Otterbein University comes to North Manchester for a 2 p.m. kickoff. MU's junior varsity gets a look at Good Field Tuesday, Sept. 13, as Ancilla College visits for a 4 p.m. start.