Slippery Rock University women’s head soccer coach Noreen Herlihy picked up her 250th win in her coaching career Saturday at Mansfield University with a 1-0 double overtime victory.
Herlihy became only the 11th coach in Division II women’s soccer history to reach that mark.
Since taking over coaching duties for the Rock in 1995, Herlihy has led SRU to 19 winning seasons, including nine years with at least 14 victories, three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championships, and nine NCAA tournament berths.
The win moves the Rock to 11-3-1 overall and 10-3-1 in PSAC play. Heading into the last week of regular season play, SRU has already clinched a spot in the PSAC tournament. Edwards and Dara Demich led the charge for SRU. Demich delivered a beautiful cross pass to Edwards in the 109th minute to set Edwards up for the game clincher. Demich also led the team in shots with five. The goal was Edward’s second of the year, to go along with Demich’s second assist of the year.
Other contributors to the Rock’s attack were Sam Thorton with two shots on net, and Tess Keeley, Andrea Felix and Ariana Daukss with one shot a piece.
The Green and White dominated the game statistically, leading in total shots (24-6), shots on goal (13-3), and corner kicks (10-0), but were unable to capitalize on their scoring chances.
Even with some missed opportunities, the back end of this Rock team has shut down a number of offenses this year. Annabelle Hegeman recorded her eighth shutout of the year with three saves. The Rock defense has been the cornerstone of the team, only allowing eight goals this season.
This win has gives SRU an 8-0 all-time record against Mansfield. In all eight of those wins, the Rock has yet to allow a goal.
SRU closes out the season against East Stroudsburg University Friday, and West Chester University Saturday. The games will have a major impact on the PSAC standings and the Atlantic Region standings with the Rock currently ranked No. 3 in the Atlantic and are looking to improve before the tournament.