Women's soccer: Rightmyer’s second game-winner pushes Raiders past Crimson Hawks
Despite managing just two shots against PSAC foe Indiana University of Pa. (4–2), the Shippensburg University women’s soccer team (4–1) held off the Crimson Hawks 1–0 in Tuesday afternoon’s defensive contest.
SU received its first scare just four minutes into the game, as IUP senior forward Tonya Fabian pressed the Raider net but, fortunately for the Raiders, her shot was wide.
Fabian led IUP with four shots, though none of them found their way to the back of the net.
The first of two Raider shots came at nine minutes, 17 seconds. SU freshman forward Casey Rightmyer scored the game’s lone goal at 34 minutes, 12 seconds; junior forward Kate Zech had the assist.
The goal was Rightmyer’s second of the season and her second straight game-winner.
The goal was the first time the Raiders have scored in the first half all year. Zech’s assist was the first by any Raider in five games.
With less than a minute to go in the first half, IUP found momentum, but was stalled following a desperate save by SU goalie Shelbie Rackley.
Rackley tallied five saves throughout the course of Wednesday’s victory.
In the second half, SU did not record a single shot and held IUP to three.
A near-breakaway by IUP ended when the ball bounced off the shoulder of Crimson Hawk junior forward Alyanna James with 13 minutes remaining.
SU got one more offensive opportunity at the 86 minute mark when a pass dinged off the right side of the goal. IUP recovered the ball and scurried down the field only to be stopped by the Raiders.
The win marks SU’s fourth of the season—all of which have been shutouts.
The Raiders will be back in action when they travel to Clarion University Saturday afternoon.