Rams too much to handle for SU women's soccer


Carolyn Smith gets tangled up while trying to clear the ball.

It was a night to forget for the Shippensburg University women’s soccer team as it got blown out, 5-0, against divisional powerhouse West Chester University Wednesday night at David See Field.

The undefeated Rams took the air out of the Raiders’ sails early in the game and proved to the fans at David See Field why they are the favorites to win the PSAC and contend for a national championship.

The Rams, led by goals from Jen Hutchinson, who had two goals on the night, and Melissa McKeary overtook a mismatched Raider squad. WCU dictated the tempo early and never let SU get any rhythm throughout the game.

After a rocky start for the Rams, McKeary got on the board 10 minutes into the game to take the early lead, 1-0. Twenty minutes later, goals by Hutchinson and Brianna Hires shell-shocked the Raiders and sent them to the sidelines looking defeated when the buzzer sounded at the half.

With a discouraging deficit, news got worse for the Raiders as they lost defensive star, Kylee Bricker, to a shoulder injury in the middle of the game. Without Bricker, the Rams piled on the goals, racking up the 5-0 win.

The Raiders battled early in the first half, but failed to capitalize on the few opportunities that they had. SU managed four shots all game and were held shot-less in the second half.

Goalie Shelbie Rackley had one of the worst nights of her career — allowing four goals while saving five. The Rams outshot the Raiders 32-4 on the night and led in the area of corner kicks 9-2.

The Raiders, now 3-3-2 on the season, travel to Millersville University on Saturday. The Marauders are 3-3 on the year and are coming off a loss against California University of Pennsylvania.

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