BEREA – Hannah Wallhausser was never able to pick up a victory against Bailee Vanover when they both were standout players at rival Madison County high schools.

“We never really had the chance to with the (lack of) depth on our roster,” Wallhausser said of playing at Berea Communinty. “Madison Central was always the powerhouse.”

On Wednesday, Wallhausser and Vanover met again — this time at the college level.

And Wallhausser finally got a victory.

The sophomore scored the first goal of the game as Earlham College defeated Berea College, 3-2.

Vanover scored a second-half goal that tied the game, but the Quakers got the game winner in the 68th minute.

“It felt good to score back here in my hometown,” Wallhausser said.

Wallhausser signed with Earlham, a Division III school in Richmond, Ind., after a historic career (2014-17) at Berea Community.

She scored 202 goals, which at the time was the career state record.

That mark was surpassed last year by Maddie Griggs of Henderson County.

“I was still the first one to score 200,” Wallhausser said with a laugh. “So, I still hold on to that.”

In her first season at Earlham, the Berea native made a big impact. She was an honorable mention All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection after scoring nine goals and recording 18 points.

The schedule provided the sophomore with a special homecoming on Wednesday.

With family and friends in the stands, Wallhausser took the field at Berea College while her high school team was playing in a field just a couple of hundreds of yards away.

“My family decided to sit with the Berea fans considering this is our hometown,” Wallhausser said. “They were cheering for me and for my old teammate Michelle Mecham (who plays for Berea).”

Wallhausser opened the scoring with a goal just 2:10 into the game.

“I’m 5-foot-2 and it was a header of all things,” Wallhausser said. “I’m still kind of shocked.”

The sophomore forward had to sit out for most of the second half because of a lingering problem with a tendon in her ankle.

The injury usually keeps her from being able to play a full 90 minutes in any game.

“It’s only fixed by surgery,” Wallhausser said. “I had the choice to either get it done after the season, or do it now and have to sit out. I decided to play as best as I can.”

Getting the surgery would mean that she would have had to miss the game against Berea.

And that wasn’t going to happen.

“I never thought I’d be over here playing a college game,” Wallhausser said.

Vanover scored two goals last week in Berea’s season-opening win over Warren Wilson. On Monday, she was named the USA South Women’s Soccer Player of the Week. 

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