NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – During a sunny afternoon at Spartan Field when Manchester University's women's soccer program paid honor to career scoring leader Missy (King) Jensen, it was only fitting the Black and Gold would equal a single-match season high for goals Saturday, Sept. 27.
Sophomore midfielder Allison Moore (Richmond, Ind.), junior forward Brandy Crouse (Cleves, Ohio) and senior forward Katelyn Barta (Griffith, Ind.) broke up a 1-1 deadlock with three goals in an 11-minute span from 69:22 to 80:30 to seal a 4-1 non-conference victory over visiting Wilmington College of Ohio. Moore, taking over the team's goals' lead with her third contribution in the 70th minute, wound up with a three-point afternoon by virtue of assisting the eventual game-winning strike from Crouse in the 69th minute.
After the Spartans (3-5) got their home crowd to its feet in the opening minute due to a score from junior defender/midfielder Allison Rowe (La Quinta, Calif.), they and the visiting Quakers (6-4) settled into a defensive battle for the next 51-plus minutes. WC tied it up in the 52nd minute, but from that point forward, the Black and Gold's offense roared to life.
Wilmington held a 15-10 shots edge, but senior goalkeeper Emily Willmann (Montpelier, Ind.) pushed aside seven other shot-on-goal tries. Junior midfielder Bridgette Rowe (La Quinta, Calif.) led the category individually for the home team with three attempts.
The Spartans conclude regular season non-conference action Tuesday, Sept. 30. They travel to Wittenberg University of Ohio for a 7 p.m. kickoff.