Women’s soccer wins fourth straight

Published by adviser, Author: Cody McCullough - Rocket Contributor, Date: October 9, 2014
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The Slippery Rock University women’s soccer team (7-2-1) earned their fourth win in a row when they picked up a 3-0 victory at James Egli Field Wednesday against Gannon University (5-6).

The Rock hasn’t lost a game at home, giving them a record of 5-0-1 after Wednesday’s contest. 

The shutout against Gannon was the Rock’s third shutout in the past four games, giving them six shutouts on the year.

SRU head coach Noreen Herlihy said the key to the win Wednesday was that the Rock put away opportunities that they had.

The trio of senior forward Ali Brosky, junior midfielder Caitlin Binder, and junior midfielder Allison Harbart did just that. 

Brosky picked up her fourth goal of the season while Binder and Harbart got their first goals of the year. All this action came in the first half.

The Green and White defense controlled the second half by only allowing three shots on net the whole half. Whenever they did give up a shot, goalkeeper Annabelle Hegeman was there to make that save, as she did with a diving save on a penalty kick 15 minutes into the second half.

SRU ended the game with the advantage in total shots (14-9), shots on goal (9-5), but lost the battle in corner kicks (9-6).

“This is a big win, because they are a good team and we have had trouble with them in the past; I am very proud of the team,” Herlihy said. “It is important we keep the momentum going.”

Herlihy said that the key to the team continuing to score is practice.

“We will keep practicing well, applying ourselves, and hoping that it transfers to game day,” Herlihy said.

SRU was also in action on Saturday where they scored 10 goals against the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. The Rock beat UPJ 10-0.

The Rock scored four goals within the first 26 minutes and took a 7-0 lead into halftime, never looking back.

There was plenty of scoring in this game and a lot of women took part in it. Senior forward Nicole Krueger and freshman midfielder Tess Keeley each posted hat tricks, with all three of Krueger’s coming one after another within an 11 minute stretch in the first half. sophomore forward Andrea Felix scored twice, with sophomore forward Sam Thorton and freshman defender Hannah Kengerski scoring one apiece. The Rock tallied 11 assists in this game. Keeley and Felix posted three assists apiece, Krueger picked up a pair of assists, and Binder, junior midfielder Brooke Edwards, and sophomore forward Dara Demich all tallied one assist each. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Annabelle Hegeman and junior goalkeeper Shannon Mahoney split time in goal, sharing a shutout. The Green and White held dominating advantages in all categories, including total shots (36-4), shots on goal (23-1), and corner kicks (7-0).

The Rock will look to keep their winning streak alive when they play Mercyhurst University on Saturday at 1 p.m. on the road.

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