Final moments’ victory seals strong season finish

Final moments’ victory seals strong season finish

RICHMOND, IND. – Wrapping up a sparkling junior year, midfielder Courtney Hersick (Plymouth, Ind.) literally saved her best for last Saturday, Oct. 29.

With the Spartans (3-11 overall, 4-5 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) only able to solve Earlham College net minder Sari Stissi once over 88-plus minutes on Hersick's 10th goal of the year in the 53rd minute, the offense went back to its leading scorer in the final minute. She acquiesced firing in the game-deciding score with just one second left on the clock for a heart-stopping 2-1 victory at Matlack Field.

The win ended an impressive late-season stretch by Coach Christine Johnson's team. The Black and Gold finished 3-3 in its last six matches which included a victory over HCAC tourney qualifier Rose-Hulman.

Manchester University held a 24-6 shots advantage on the Quakers with Hersick garnering eight of them. However, Stissi kept the home team close throughout with eight saves. Sophomore goalkeeper Caroline Smith (Mason, Ohio) earned the win for the Spartans with two saves over the 90 minutes.