By RONALD HANAKI
ESU and West Chester were deadlocked in a scoreless game until the 77th minute when sophomore back Jessica Woodbyrne’s free kick from about 30 yards away was deflected off the far post in front of West Chester senior goalkeeper McKenna Mullin and kicked into the net by freshman midfielder Haley Skove to give ESU’s Women’s Soccer team its fourth PSAC Championship in a row at West Chester’s Rockwell Field last Saturday.
The PSAC final was a tight contest between two great teams. The PSAC No. 1 seed Golden Rams outshot the Warriors 13-8 and held a 7-1 edge in penalty corners for the game.
However, ESU senior goalkeeper Jules Harris was her usual outstanding self in net. She made seven saves to keep the Warriors in the game until Skove found the mark in the late stages of the game.
The win gave the Warriors an automatic bid to play in the postseason NCAA Tournament.
On Monday evening, ESU was announced as the NCAA Atlantic Region’s No. 2 seed. The Warriors (15-3-3, 11-3-2) will play the winner of West Virginia Wesleyan (17-2-1, 14-2) and Gannon (13-4-2, 11-3-2) in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Division II Tournament this Sunday.
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