Kenyon trumps Hiram on the road


Gillian Blackwell needed only two minutes to add two more goals to her fabulous stretch as the Kenyon College Ladies soccer team defeated Hiram College, 2-0, on the road in North Coast Athletic Conference play Tuesday.

On a cloudy and cool evening, Blackwell was red hot. She had a pair of unassisted goals in the first half. In the 20th minute, Blackwell broke away and won a one-on-one showdown with goalkeeper Kailie Reed. One minute later, Blackwell found herself in front of the goal again, firing a shot that went inside the right upright.

Blackwell was coming off a one-goal, one-assist performance against Wooster, netting her NCAC Player of the Week honors. Her two goals Tuesday give her six on the season. Blackwell now has 14 points, tying her with Maggie Smith for the team lead.

The Ladies’ defense, however, earns most of the credit for the win. Kenyon did not allow a single shot on goal, and Hiram attempted just three shots overall. All three shots came in the first half.

The Ladies attempted 15 shots, 11 of which were on goal. Emma Klug led the way with four shots on goal. Blackwell finished with three shot on goal. Smith, Heather Pacheco, Jane Symmes and Claudia Brown also had shots on net.

Kenyon is now 9-5 on the season, 3-1 in the NCAC.

This is the second straight shutout for Kenyon, which has now allowed 0.64 goals per game.

The Ladies will look to make it three straight wins Saturday when they host archrival Denison at 1 p.m. It will be Senior Day for the Ladies, as the team will honor Symmes, Alissa Poolpol, Mattie Mayer, Lucy Evert, Olivia Lloyd and Marie Laube before the match.

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