Women’s Soccer Vaults Into Second Place

Photo Credit Credit / Ronald Hanaki Sophomore back Jessica Woodbyrne celebrates her goal against Slippery Rock. Photo Credit Credit / Ronald Hanaki
Sophomore back Jessica Woodbyrne celebrates her goal against Slippery Rock.

By Ronald Hanaki
Sports Editor

ESU’s Women’s Soccer team defeated Slippery Rock 1-0 last Saturday at Eiler-Martin Stadium for their seventh win of the season.

With the win, the Warriors claim sole possession of second place in the PSAC. Kutztown remains unbeaten at 10-0 and sits atop the conference.

Despite having many scoring chances, ESU only managed to score one goal.

In the 41st minute, sophomore back Jessica Woodbyrne scored off of an assist by senior midfielder Sammi Ortiz. Woodbyrne found the back of the net by bending it past Slippery Rock junior goalkeeper Kylie Downs for the game’s only goal.

Slippery Rock’s last chance to score the equalizer came in the 78th minute, but ESU senior goalkeeper Jules Harris stoned Slippery Rock freshman midfielder Shannon McIntyre to preserve the win.

Harris is now tied for second in the PSAC in shutouts (5). This was the 52nd win and 33rd shutout for Harris in her collegiate career.

The defending national champion Warriors are playing outstanding defense this season. ESU leads the PSAC with a 0.480 GAA (Goals Against Average) per game.

Overall, ESU’s offense is ranked No. 2 behind Kutztown. The Warriors have tallied 26 goals and 21 assists this season.

For the game, ESU outshot Slippery Rock 15-7, but The Rock held the edge in corner kicks 3-2.

The Warriors (7-2-1, 3-1-1) will face Gannon University in Erie, Pa. this Sunday.

PSAC No. 1 Kutztown will visit ESU to play the PSAC No. 2 Warriors on Oct. 18.

Email Ronald at:
rhanaki@live.esu.edu

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