Second-half breakthrough sends Albion past Spartans

Second-half breakthrough sends Albion past Spartans

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – In nearly a mirror image of a hard-fought 4-0 loss at the hands of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association foe Trine Monday, Manchester University pieced together an intense first 45 minutes against fellow MIAA member Albion College Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Senior goalkeeper Caroline Smith (Mason, Ohio) kept the Britons, who entered Good Field 2-2-1 and had tied preseason Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference favorite Mt. St. Joseph earlier in the season, to just one goal over the first 40-plus minutes. However, the visitors managed to notch a goal in the waning moments of the first half and then produced three more in the second frame to head home with a 5-0 victory.

Smith finished with seven saves in 54 minutes of action, while freshman netminder Gabrielle Carreon (Marion, Ind.) came off the bench and knocked away two more Briton on frame tries. Freshman midfielder Jessica Hudnall (Noblesville, Ind.) led the offense with two shot attempts, one of which was on goal.

MU continues non-conference action against the neighboring conference to the north Friday, Sept. 14. They travel to St. Mary's College of Notre Dame, Ind., for a 7 p.m. kickoff.