The Irish rounded out their regular season with 2 big wins against visiting teams DePaul and Ball State. The first game against DePaul was a chilly, early morning game, but the Irish came out on fire. In the 12th minute, junior midfielder Casey Gross (a Columbus, Ohio native) played a great ball into the box for senior forward Mary Wickert (also from Columbus), who scored and put the Irish up 1-0. Right before the half, freshman midfielder Hayley Hofmann dribbled through 3 DePaul defenders and found Wickert inside the box, who scored a second goal, making it 2-0.
About 10 minutes into the second half, DePaul was awarded a PK. Sophomore goalkeeper Kiley Adams made a fantastic effort, but unfortunately the ball hit the back of the net and made the score 2-1. The Irish fought back and had several opportunities to score. In the 75th minute, Wickert scored again on a beautiful pass from sophomore forward Destiny Anamege, putting the Irish up 3-1. The Irish continued to maintain possession the rest for the game, resulting in a 3-1 final score.
The second game versus Ball State was marked by great Irish possession. In the 28th minute, Wickert received a pass from Gross into the box and scored, putting the Irish up 1-0. A few minutes later, senior defender Erin Doone (yet another Columbus native) took a free kick just of the box and placed it beautifully to Wickert who volleyed the ball into the net just beyond the goalkeeper's reach. in the 34th minute, sophomore midfielder Rachel Staud impressively dribbled through most of the Ball State defensive line and scored to end the half.
The second half had more offensive opportunities. The Irish rounded out the game with a goal again from Staud in the 75th minute with an incredible shot right outside of the 18 for a final Irish victory of 4-0.
The weekend was a strong performance for the Irish to end their regular season and had particularly notable performances from the Columbus, Ohio players. There must be something in the water there!