The Slippery Rock University women’s soccer extended their winning streak to four games with a 1-0 win over Clarion University Wednesday night. With the win, The Rock’s record improves to 3-1-1, and 2-1-1 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play.
The win also continued a streak of dominance the Green and White over Clarion pushing their record against them to 18-0-2 all time.
Senior Ali Brosky picked up her second goal of the season, which is all Slippery Rock needed after dominating Clarion’s offense all night.
Redshirt-junior Brooke Edwards assisted Brosky’s goal with a corner kick. Plenty of Slippery Rock players added some shots on net, including freshman Tess Keeley, senior Leslie Henny, sophomore Dara Demich, junior Caitlin Binder, sophomore Lynn Neef, junior Allison Harbart, and sophomore Andrea Felix.
Before the Clarion game, junior midfielder Crysta Ganter said that the team is gaining confidence and beginning to mesh together with all the young players, and that definitely showed on Wednesday’s showdown where the score does not show how much the Rock dominated Clarion. Slippery Rock held the advantage in shots 22-3, and shots on goal 12-2. They also held the advantage in corner kicks 6-1 while controlling possession time for a vast majority of the game. Brosky finally scored the Rock’s game winner at 94:18.
SRU head coach Noreen Herlihy emphasized how much patience the team showed, applauding that they did not get frustrated by not scoring a goal earlier even though they dominated the game.
“The key was we showed a lot of character waiting on that goal,” Herlihy said.
Clarion only produced three shots, and had no shots after the 41st minute of play.
This defensive production showed by the Rock led to Annabelle Hegeman’s third shutout of the year, while only having to stop two shots.
“We were attacking them so much offensively that we had them on their back feet most of the game,” Herlihy said.
Slippery also defeated Davis and Elkins 4-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Rock controlled the pace on offense in this game as well. 2013 PSAC freshman of the year, Andrea Felix scored two goals and assisted on another, which is her second career multiple-goal game. She also finished with a team high seven shots with five of those being on goal.
Ali Brosky and Leslie joined the goal parade with one a piece.
Dara Demich and Caitlin Binder also tried to find the net with four and three shots respectively. Annabelle Hegeman had two saves and allowed one goal. The Rock held the advantage in shots 23-6, shots on goal 13-3, and corner kicks 6-2.
Slippery Rock heads to Indiana University of Pennsylvania (4-1) Saturday looking to win their fifth straight and pick up a critical PSAC win against their rival.