Women soccer splits a pair of PSAC matchups

Published by adviser, Author: Cody McCullough - Rocket Contributor, Date: September 25, 2014
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The Slippery Rock University women’s soccer team (4-2-1) were defeated by both Indiana University of Pennsylvania(5-1-1) 1-0 on Saturday and Kutztown University (3-3) 2-0 on Wednesday.

The Rock and IUP were each held to scoreless tie as time expired in regulation, but IUP scored the game winner in overtime of the foot of Crimson Hawk freshman Mackenna Miller. 

Despite being held scoreless, the Green and White outshot IUP 14-8, but IUP’s sophomore goalkeeper saved seven shots and was able to keep the ball out of the back of her net. 

The Rock was able to bounce back from the overtime thriller and shutout Kutztown at home on Wednesday.

The Rock scored the first goal of the game a little over five minutes into the match and did not look back en route to their 2-0 victory. 

The win pushes SRU’s home record to 3-0-1 on the year.

“We scored early in the game,” SRU head coach Noreen Herlihy said. “It helps who ever scores the first goal, because it puts them in a better position to win the game.”

Senior midfielder Leslie Henny and junior midfielder Brooke Edwards scored both goals for the Rock. 

Henny scored her goal in just the sixth minute of the game before Edwards added the Rock’s goal with 28:57 remaining in the second half. Henny’s second goal of the season came off of a header from junior midfielder Crysta Ganter, who played the ball right to Henny’s foot after a corner kick from junior midfielder Caitlin Binder. 

That goal ties her for the team lead with sophomore forward Andrea Felix and senior forward Ali Brosky. 

Edwards picked up the first collegiate goal of her career for the Rock, off of an assist from Brosky.

The Green and White held the advantage in shots 7-6, while Kutztown had the advantage in corner kicks 6-4. 

Felix and Henny led the charge with two shots apiece with Edwards, Binder, and freshman Tess Keeley all adding a shot themselves.

The Rock stepped up their defense after Edward’s scored her goal, and allowed only two shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Annabelle Hegeman got her Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) best fourth shutout of the season, while lowering her goals against average to .55 this year.

“Today was a big result for us coming off the loss,” Herlihy said. “Feels good to bounce back against a good Kutztown team, not an easy win.”

The Green and White’s next game is against Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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