ORANGE BEACH – A success-filled season came to an abrupt end Tuesday in Alabama. The Ottawa University women’s soccer team fell short against No. 2 Northwestern Ohio 2-1 in the Sweet Sixteen of the NAIA National Tournament in Orange Beach.
OU led the defending national champions in shots through the first half, 5-4.
Both teams played to a 0-0 stalemate until the Racers broke things open with back-to-back goals in a six-minute window. Northwestern Ohio’s Anna Fisker scored at the 65:37 mark to draw first blood. Teammate Jackie Gardner followed that up with a goal of her own at the 70:48 mark to make it 2-0 Racers.
The lone goal for the Lady Braves came as time winded down. Caroline Jenkins, senior forward, capped off a stellar collegiate career with her 28th goal of the season at the 87:43 mark, but it was too little, too late for OU.
NW Ohio had 11 shots to Ottawa’s nine, but the Lady Braves had the advantage in shots-on-goal 6-4.
Kodie Johnson, senior goalkeeper, had two saves for OU.
Jenkins led her team with three shots, all of them on goal. Sydney Alexander, senior midfielder, Jesica Beall, senior forward, and Courtney Gonzalez, senior defender, each had a shot-on-goal for the Lady Braves.
Ottawa closes out its season at 17-4-1, ranked 13th in NAIA DII.