Bridgeview, Ill. – Tenth-ranked Olivet Nazarene broke through behind an own goal less than two minutes into the second half and then added an insurance tally in the 88th minute to outlast the upset-minded Roosevelt women's soccer team, 2-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Toyota Park.
The Lakers (2-5-0, 0-2-0) and Tigers (6-2-0, 2-0-0) played a scoreless first half with Roosevelt keeper Sydney Self making seven saves and the Roosevelt defense keeping Olivet Nazarene off balance. The Lakers' lone scoring threat came in the seventh minute when freshman Mackenzie Money put a free kick on frame from 35 yards out.
The scoreboard was finally scratched in the 47th minute when a Roosevelt defender's attempt to clear an Olivet Nazarene corner kick was misguided past Self for an own goal.
Freshman Mikaela Dunaisky attempted to equalize the match nine minutes later, but Tigers keeper Wendy Espejel thwarted Dunaisky's strike. Olivet Nazarene continued to control possession over the next 30 minutes and eventually added an insurance goal in the 88th minute when Jodan Gunn volleyed home a corner kick service from Kelsey Warp.
Olivet Nazarene outshot Roosevelt, 26-2, on the day with the Tigers putting 15 shots on frame. Self provided a standout effort in goal for the Lakers, making a career-best 13 saves.
The Lakers will be back in action on Saturday when they travel across town to square off with IIT at 5 p.m.