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Lady Cougars Stun Siena Heights with Thrilling Comeback

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s soccer team (2-2-0, 0-0-0) defeated Siena Heights University (0-1-0, 0-0-0) by a final score of 3-2 on Wednesday, August 31.

The Lady Cougars had a strong turnout as they celebrated the grand-opening of CH4 stadium, prior to the start of the game. Despite a bumpy first half, the Lady Cougars sent the fans home happy after completing the come from behind victory.

The first half was dominated by Siena Heights as Sarah Ammon found the back of the net off a cross only 5’ minutes into the game. Ammon continued to be a force for the Saints as she again found the back of the net only four minutes later in the 9’ minute of play.

The Lady Cougars were unable to respond for the entirety of the first half as the Saints dominated the possession and shots, leading in shots with nine to the Cougars’ three. Down by two goals, the Lady Cougars needed an outstanding second half to get the job done, and that is just what they brought to the field in the game’s final 45 minutes.

In the 60’ minute of play the Lady Cougars finally had their chance as a penalty kick was rewarded from a foul in the box by the Saints. Ashley Townsend stepped up to the mark and finished the job with a hard shot past the keeper to the right side of the net, cutting the Saints lead to 1-2 with plenty of time left on the clock.

Brooklyn Bryant scored the equalizer for the Lady Cougars in the 72’ minute of play off a quick one touch finish in the box. A. Townsend had the assist to Bryant, helping create the opportunity for her to finish.

The Lady Cougars were not done yet as another penalty kick was given in the 74’ minute. A. Townsend finished the job once again, while also obtaining the winning and final goal of the night, with another hard hit past the keeper to the right side of the net.

The Lady Cougars battled the rest of the night to keep the Saints out of the back of the net and ended up coming out victorious by a final score of 3-2.

What’s Next

MVNU takes on Cardinal Stritch University at the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio on Saturday, September 3. Kickoff for the game is set for 1:00pm.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.

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