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Women’s soccer can’t hold early lead, tie in OT

Oscar Matous, Rocket Contributor

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The Slippery Rock University women’s soccer team opened up their 2017 season Thursday evening when they traveled to Edinboro University to take on the Fighting Scots in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) match-up.

Despite Slippery Rock leading 2-0 shortly after the start of the second half of play, Edinboro would score two goals in the final minutes of regulation to send the match into overtime. However, neither team could find the back of the net as the match ended in a stalemate to start each teams’ record at 0-0-1. Slippery Rock head coach Jessica Griggs, prior to Thursday’s contest, said she knew the game was going to be evenly matched.

Sophomore Madison Johnson would record the first goal of her collegiate career and the first of the 2017 season for the Green and White in the 27th minute of play to give The Rock a 1-0 advantage. Junior Brooke Testa would tally an assist on the goal, her first of the season. After leading 1-0 to start the second half, junior Julianna Esposito scored SRU’s second goal of the game in the 61st minute off a pass from senior Tess Keeley.

The Rock would carry their 2-0 lead until the 78th minute when Edinboro’s Danielle Chatten scored on a pass from teammate Rebecca Mans to cut Slippery Rock’s lead to one. The Green and White would not be able to hold their lead for long, however, as Edinboro’s Sarah Reidy tied the game off a corner kick from teammate Coleen Brodman in the 84th minute, which would eventually send the match into overtime.

Neither team could get anything done against the other as the game would eventually end in a 2-2 stalemate leaving both teams winless.

Slippery Rock totaled 19 shots, 11 of which were on goal while Edinboro recorded 15 shots (7 on goal).

Junior Kylie Downs, in her second full season as The Rock’s starting goaltender, recorded fives saves on seven shots on goal.

Next up for Slippery Rock is a non-conference match-up against the West Virginia Wesleyan University Bobcats. Freshman Kara Seebacher is expected to make her collegiate debut in net for The Rock, Griggs said.

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Women’s soccer can’t hold early lead, tie in OT