Defiance scored the game’s only goal in the 10th minute as a shot from Jillian beat Earlham goalkeeper, senior Ashley (A.J.) Johnson. The Quakers would outshot the Yellow Jackets 10-7 in the first half.
Earlham kept the offensive pressure up in the second half and almost equalized when a Mayhew shot rattled off the crossbar in the 55th minute. Still trailing 1-0 in the closing moments, the Quakers fired three shots in the last 3:30, but none reach goal.
Overall, the Quakers held a 15-13 shots edge including a 5-3 edge in shots on goal. Defiance goalkeeper June Delgreco was up to the task, however, stopping all five shots. Johnson and freshman Maritza Santos each played a half for the Quakers. Santos made one save in the second session.
Junior Micaela Bush fired six shots with two coming on net. McCollough took three while Mayhew and fellow junior Cherrah Barclay each fired two shots.
Earlham will conclude its 2015 season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. match against first-place Franklin at Matlack Field.